Over the weekend, the sad news was reported that legendary singer Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill.” The reports claimed that the 76-year-old is in hospice care and surrounded by family as her health rapidly declines.
Immediately after the news emerged, fans around the country began sending well wishes and prayers over social media. Everyone was saddened by the news, but no firm updates had been given and the news had not been confirmed.
On Tuesday, August 14, a family member finally gave an update on Aretha’s health. Her nephew revealed in an interview that most of the rumors about his aunt were true. However, he did say that she seems to be in good spirits despite her declining health.
He said, “She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people. Family is there with her. She’s home.”
Her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, also reportedly told PEOPLE that the singer is "seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received."
Aretha's nephew also said that his family is believing for the best and hoping that she pulls through. However, despite the optimistic wishes, many people have already been mourning the potential outcome.
Several top celebrities have taken to social media to share their best wishes and prayers for the iconic singer. Stevie Wonder even paid the “Respect” singer a visit! Below are some of the social media posts:
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