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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: 

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