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At 76 years old, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has fallen ‘gravely ill’, and her family are asking for prayers from her fans for her health battles. Aretha has struggled with obesity and other medical issues her entire life, but has become very ill at this point in time.
Ronald Martin, a close friend to Aretha Franklin and her family put out a statement about the current situation with Aretha. “Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I’ve known for several months,” he wrote. “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.”
She retired from performing in 2017. She has won 20 Grammy’s (the most any female artists holds), 3 lifetime achievement awards, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Many celebrities have been sending The Queen of Soul their love on social media.
Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now! ❤️🙏🏽
— Ciara (@ciara) August 13, 2018
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…❤️ https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018