Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Aretha Franklin via her Facebook page in 2014

Aretha Franklin via her Facebook page in 2014

Born in Memphis, the 76-year-old R and B singer is reportedly surrounded by her family in Detroit.

The Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin - is reportedly gravely ill this morning.

We'll keep you updated as any further developments come to light, but at the present time, we wish only the best for Aretha Franklin and her family.

Fans from around the world have offered thoughts and prayers to Franklin and her family.

"It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration", Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

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Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala. I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert.

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. In 2010, rumors of her having pancreatic cancer spread like wildfire on the internet, though the singer adamantly denied them.

Her last performance was in November of last year, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY, while a number of shows scheduled for this year were also cancelled under doctor's orders.

In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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