According to a report by People magazine, the death of "Queen Of Soul" Aretha Franklin is quote, "imminent," with the unnamed "longtime friend" claiming, "She has been ill for a long time. She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public." CNN reported that Franklin is currently in hospice care. So far there has been no official statement issued by Aretha Franklin's family or management regarding her health.

Detroit's NBC local news anchor Evrod Cassimy tweeted "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 evening. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release."

He later tweeted: "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family."