Aretha Franklin reported to be “seriously ill” aged 76

The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin is receiving hospice care at her home, aged 76.

Reports from CNN claim that Franklin is surrounded by loved ones, with the artist being described by BBC as “seriously ill”.

The ‘Respect’ singer was forced to cancel two planned concerts earlier this year due to health concerns, and had been ordered by doctors to rest for at least two months.

Sadly, sources this morning appear to confirm that Franklin is indeed struggling with her health.

Support has flooded in from fellow artists and fans around the world, with prayers being sent for the legendary singer’s recovery.

Only last week did celebrity gossip website TMZ appear to suggest the 76-year-old could pass soon, with a tweet that included the words “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.”

Franklin’s incredible music career spans six decades, harking back to her earliest beginnings singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was minister.

The Memphis-born star was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, a year before the Beatles were granted a place.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 and boasts an impressive 44 Grammy nominations, as well as 18 wins.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aretha Franklin and her family at this tough time. The Queen of Soul will certainly never be forgotten, irrespective of what happens from here on in.

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