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Report: Aretha Franklin Is In Hospice Care As Celebrities Send Prayers To The Queen Of Soul

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Aretha Franklin is reportedly in hospice care at her Detroit home surrounded by family and friends as celebrities stop by and send prayers for the queen of soul.

“Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is in hospice care at her home tonight,” CNN’s Don Lemon reported Monday night.

On Tuesday, WDIV in Detroit reported that Stevie Wonder had paid a visit to the legendary 76-year-old singer following reports that she was “gravely ill” and that friends had reportedly been informed that “she could go any time.” (RELATED: Aretha Franklin Cancels Several Performances So She Can Rest)

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

“BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. 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,” an anchor with WDIV tweeted Monday.

A short time later, he shared that he had spoken to Franklin and she was “resting.”

“Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family. More details ahead on Local 4 News at 12 p.m. #ArethaFranklin #aretha,” the Detroit Anchor tweeted.

Shortly after news broke, celebrities reached out via Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to the “Natural Woman” singer. Beyonce and Jay-Z dedicated their concert at Ford Field in Detroit Monday night to Franklin.

“We love you,” Beyonce shared, thanking the “Respect” singer for “the beautiful music.”

Franklin has been fighting health issues for the last few years, being forced to cancel several concerts last summer “per doctor’s orders.”

Last spring, she shared that she was ready to retire after the release of her latest album.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She has had more than 20 number-one singles in her career and was awarded in 2005 the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President George W. Bush.