Aretha Franklin‘s family have confirmed the news that the 76-year-old soul icon is “seriously ill”.
The news comes as Far Out Magazine reported that news that Franklin is receiving hospice support at her home in Detroit. Franklin’s family have also thanked fans for their support at a difficult time.
Tthe Queen of Soul is surrounded by her closest friends and family as he long battle against severe health problems takes another turn.
Aretha’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told People Magazine: “Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings. The love she has for her family is above reproach and was evident in the warm smiles she was able to share with her nephew during his very brief visit two weeks ago.
“She is seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received.”