Aretha Franklin gravely ill

Aretha Franklin gravely ill

That's all I will say for now.

Local media later confirmed Ms. Franklin's illness.

Franklin's hits include (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1968), Day Dreaming (1972), Jump To It (1982), Freeway Of Love (1985), and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman told CNN: "She has a great family, she's surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers".

Concertgoers in Detroit were keenly aware of the roads paved by Franklin.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted. "They have not only asked for prayers during this time, but they have also asked for their privacy". "I really don't know what it would be like not to have her".

"Lose Control" rapper Missy Elliott added: "My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this hard time".

Artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the legendary singer who has lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.

Wednesday at 5am members of her church will gather for a vigil for people to pray for queen of soul.

Franklin was called to the stage that night in Washington, honor Carole King, who co-wrote the song with her first husband, Gerry Goffin.

"You know a force from heaven".

Aretha - whose three siblings all died of cancer - has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she'd had a tumour removed.

Throughout her six decade music career, Franklin sold more than 75 million albums, won 18 Grammy Awards and recorded 20 No. 1 R&B hits. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

"I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

Beyonce opened her show Monday by saying, "This show is dedicated Aretha Franklin".