Family requests prayers as Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill'

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aretha.jpgAretha Franklin is "gravely ill" and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit, a person close to the soul singer confirmed. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the singer is seriously ill.

Showbiz411's Roger Friedman, who first reported the news of Franklin is "gravely ill" on Sunday, said the Queen of Soul's family is "asking for prayers and privacy." Franklin's family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4. No further details about her health were immediately available, and reps for Franklin did not respond to Fox News' request for comment.

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Franklin's friend, journalist Roland Martin, tweeted a photo of her at her birthday party in 2016 along with a message to followers seemingly confirming the singer's condition.

"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."

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