DETROIT, MI – As the news of Aretha Franklin’s medical condition continues to spread, members of the Hip Hop and R&B community have come out in droves to show their support.
Franklin — who iconically earned the distinction as the Queen of Soul — is reportedly “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospital. WDIV-TV anchor Evrod Cassimy broke the news via Twitter on Monday morning (August 13).
“BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” he wrote. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”
According to Showbiz 411, Franklin was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The 76-year-old’s last performances include the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala and the Philadelphia’s Mann Center last year.
Franklin was born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the course of her career, she’s pumped out 42 studio albums, culminating with 2017’s A Brand New Me. She’s responsible for timeless classics like “Respect” and “Son Of A Preacher Man.”
The 17x-Grammy Award winner’s music has been sampled by countless Hip Hop artists, including 3rd Bass, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Kanye West, Big Sean, Nas, EPMD, Outkast and Dr. Dre.
Missy Elliott, DJ Premier, Ciara, Mariah Carey are just a handful of those sending a little prayer to Ms. Franklin on social media.
Check out their posts below.