Meanwhile, Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy was also in contact with Franklin's family and took to Twitter to write, "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill".
And with Franklin reportedly being surrounded by loved ones in her hometown of Detroit, it's only fitting that Beyoncé and Jay-Z shared their own tribute to the Queen of Soul during Monday night's "On the Run II" stop in Motor City.
"Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years", the tweet read.
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Aretha's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told People Magazine: "Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings".
The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Franklin on Wednesday, said Rainbow Push spokeswoman Chinta Strausberg.
Despite her condition, the "Respect" hitmaker's nephew Tim Franklin recently revealed she is in good spirits, although he is anxious about her seeing reports which state her death is said to be imminent.
"She's watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this 'Aretha's dead, ' so I don't want to dampen her spirits on that".
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Franklin performed at inauguration events for three U.S. presidents and was a powerful advocate for the civil rights movement. Annie Lennox added: "As the One and Only " Queen of Soul " Aretha Franklin was simply peerless".
Clarence Waldron, Franklin's former publicist, said Wednesday he was grappling with the singer's health crisis. According to the Detroit Free Press, the couple's opener, DJ Khaled, also played Franklin's hit "Respect", generating roars of applause from the audience. "The family is asking for prayers and privacy".
Dubbed the Queen of Soul, she announced her partial retirement a year ago, saying she would release one last album and perform at "some select things".
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