https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/08/13/aretha-franklin-gravely-sick/974630002/

She is the Queen of Soul. According to reports she’s surrounded by family and requesting prayers.

I’ve always loved Aretha Franklin and her amazing voice. I remember hearing how she struggled between the church and singing secular music.

Her father was a reverend and wanted his little girl to sing for Jesus. She was torn between the two and it caused a major strain on their relationship.

I hope she pulls through whatever this illness is. I’m not certain that she actually beat cancer. Perhaps it resurfaced and she’s having complications from it.

Regardless, I wish her recovery.

The other day my hubby and I were in Wal-Mart and he kept hearing Aretha playing on the radio. So he asked us to look her up and there was nothing to be found. Her wiki still stated that she was alive. Well usually when you hear the radio playing an artist’s music back to back, something is wrong. We all brushed it off.

I’m kinda saddened to see this report. It makes me realize how little time we have here. She’s just 76 years old. That’s really not old at all.

PEOPLE reported that “death is imminent”. That was issued 2 hours ago. 😢😢

Sigh….

Aretha Franklin

who has previously struggled with her health — is very sick and her death is “imminent,” PEOPLE confirms.

“She has been ill for a long time,” a longtime friend tells PEOPLE. “She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

A source close to the singer spoke to the Associated Press on Monday to confirm that Franklin is “seriously ill,” although they did not provide any additional details as to the severity or the cause of the 76-year-old singer’s illness.

Showbiz 411 reporter Roger Friedman was first to report the singer is “gravely ill,” sharing that Franklin’s family are “asking for prayers and privacy.”

The Queen of Soul’s family also told Local 4 in Detroit that Franklin is “gravely ill.

“I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” wrote Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy. “I spoke with her family members this evening. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”

He revealed Monday that Franklin is alert and speaking, tweeting, “Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family.”