Prayers are flooding in for 76-year-old Aretha Franklin after reports claim the Queen of Soul is “gravely ill”.
Journalist Roland Smarton confirmed the news on Twitter writing:
“Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I’ve known for several months. The Queen is surrounded by loved ones. That’s all I will say for now.
“Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers.”
According to TMZ, Aretha has been in poor health for the past few years, only performing on special occasions; most recently at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event last November.
Prayers have started pouring in from fans and famous friends on social media:
More updates as they come.