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ARETHA FRANKLIN “GRAVELY ILL”; TRIBUTES POURING IN

The news spread Sunday night that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was gravely ill. Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman broke the news. Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy subsequently tweeted, “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.”

Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

Franklin’s nephew Tim told People that while she “is sick,” her family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there. We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing.”


John Hammond and Aretha, 1961

The troubling news inspired a host of online tributes. Here's a sampling: 

NEAR TRUTHS:
CHART WARS
Blind leading the blind. (8/3a)
AIRHEAD: MODI OPERANDUS
(OR SOMETHING)
Dysfunctional AF (8/3a)
CHART STORY: A BIG FOLKIN' DEAL (UPDATE)
The year's biggest debut. (7/31a)
NEAR TRUTHS: A HEALTHY MARKET
Star power. (8/1a)
MICROSOFT GETS CLOSER TO TIKTOK ACQUISITION
The clock is ticking... (8/3a)
TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Swift. Taylor. Swift.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
MARY TRUMP
Family is everything.
BILLIE EILISH RETURNS
Unleash the giant spider!
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