The "Respect" crooner has been battling cancer since 2010.
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— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 13, 2018
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— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
Read on for more celebrities sending their support.
Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now! ❤️🙏🏽— Ciara (@ciara) August 13, 2018
Praying for Aretha!!!!!!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 13, 2018
Adding my prayer to the galaxy of prayers for Aretha today https://t.co/DsG1ccqKnC— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 13, 2018
Prayers going up for the Queen of Soul tonight. Music just wouldn’t be same if not for Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/oHHO5Kvfah— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) August 13, 2018
2018, you cannot have Aretha Franklin. Back off now.— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) August 13, 2018
Saying a little prayer for #ArethaFranklin— E L James (@E_L_James) August 13, 2018
Thinking about Aretha, the Queen of Soul today. RESPECT.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) August 13, 2018
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.— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) August 13, 2018
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— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) August 13, 2018
Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family! Pull through auntie! They don’t make them like you anymore! pic.twitter.com/nNeeLfNWAF— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) August 13, 2018
If we lose the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, I'm going to need every awards ceremony: Grammys, Billboard, Oscars, VMAs, AMAs, BET Awards to start getting their tributes ready and done right ASAP.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 13, 2018
Some of y'all tried it with Prince, but I will boycott y'all if you ruin hers.
Not tonight, Satan. Not tonight. Keep fighting Aretha Franklin. You’ve got many more songs to sing🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TN5DEn25Dq— Lulu Says (@lulu_says2) August 13, 2018
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.— Antonio (@AntonioArellano) August 13, 2018
— Aretha Franklin
Trying my best to ignore this news about Aretha Franklin, and that ain't working out so well for me. One of the few people in public life for which hyperbole does not exist.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 13, 2018
RESPECT THE ARETHA FRANKLIN FOREVER.— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 13, 2018
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— Louisa Compton (@louisa_compton) August 13, 2018