Tweets started pouring in after reports emerged on Sunday that the singer, who has won 18 Grammy awards, is "gravely ill" and is currently being surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit. The "Respect" crooner has been battling cancer since 2010.
Franklin's friend, journalist Roland Martin, confirmed Franklin's health status on his Twitter account.
"Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin," he wrote. "Folks, I've known for several months. 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."
Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I've known for several months. 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. pic.twitter.com/F6nMjHQjlP
Pop star Ciara wrote on her Twitter that she was "praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now!"
Similarly, fellow pop diva Carey posted a tweet that she was "praying for the queen of soul."
Elliot also wrote a tweet sending love for "Ain't No Way" singer. The hip hop star retweeted a old message she wrote from last January, in which she spoke about how "living legends" like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, and Franklin "need to be celebrated."
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
My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul. I'm praying for her and her health. Thank you to all her family and friends who are standing by her and loving her through her illness. I'm holding you all in my heart.
Other fans on Twitter wrote about their concern for Franklin. Many even posting old performance videos -- most notably her performance for the Obama's -- and songs from the singer's iconic discography.
Give a thought to Aretha Franklin, the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen, y'all. pic.twitter.com/S82cBmoNyy
This is *the* most powerful #ArethaFranklin performance you will ever watch. It's the one that made Obama cry. As she sings Natural Woman the blonde woman you see is Carole King who wrote the song. You will not regret taking a few mins to watch it https://t.co/1NtKe2l5fI