Aretha Franklin gets tribute at Jay-Z, Beyonce concert in Downtown Detroit

Aretha Franklin at her last live performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in Nov. 2017

Aretha Franklin at her last live performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in Nov. 2017

News of Aretha's condition has left fans across the world concerned.

"That night, Franklin brought the house down at the Kennedy Center Honors with her incredible performance of "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman".

But though friends have disclosed the "Respect" singer has "been ill for a long time", her family remain hopeful she will pull through. "I really don't know what it would be like not to have her". "Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers".

All the best to Franklin and her family and friends during this hard time.

Responding to the hoax later the same day, the 75-year-old legendary singer told Us Weekly in a statement: "I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good". "So many have given us decades of Timeless music".

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Franklin was "seriously ill", according to a source.

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Ms. Franklin - who is widely known by only her first name, in true diva style - rose from singing gospel in her father's church to regularly topping rhythm and blues and pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s. "Continued prayers for the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin. And the way you know that you can", she told Vogue.

She won 18 Grammy awards, including one for lifetime achievement, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush. "I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release", he wrote on Twitter.

All three of Aretha's brothers and sisters, including her manager Cecil Franklin, died of cancer in previous years.

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