Aretha Franklin is Seriously Ill; Family Calls for Prayers

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of soul, is seriously ill.  According to Showbiz411, Franklin's family is "asking for prayers and privacy" as she battles an unknown illness.  She is currently in hospice care at her home. 

Fellow singer Mariah Carey was one of the many celebrities to offer her prayers.  She writes on Twitter: "Praying for the Queen of Soul ." 

Further details about her health have not been released. Journalist Roland Martin confirmed the reports. "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," Martin shared.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone. In 2010, she was forced to cancel to scheduled performances due to fractured ribs and abdominal pain. 

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