Fans and celebrities sent an outpouring of prayers and love to Aretha Franklin on Monday amidst reports that the Queen of Soul is gravely ill in Detroit.
“Praying for the Queen of Soul,” tweeted Mariah Carey, who appeared with the music legend in 1998 on the first “VH1 Divas” special.
Chance the Rapper posted a weeping emoji and linked to video of Franklin’s epic performance at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, where she saluted inductee Carole King by singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
By Monday morning, Franklin was among the top trending topics on Twitter.
Missy Elliott, Ciara, Paula Abdul and Carnie Wilson were among the numerous celebrities who joined the chorus of love expressed toward Franklin. She has not performed live since a November appearance at a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York, where she played a nine-song set.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda contributed to what he described as “the galaxy of prayers for Aretha today.”
“Please pray for this amazing national treasure,” posted Democratic activist, author and strategist Donna Brazile of Franklin, whose many career high points have included performing at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
For many of those responding to the news, it was an opportunity to share memories of some of Franklin’s greatest moments.
Detroit native Jemele Hill, a former “SportsCenter” host and current senior correspondent for The Undefeated website, linked on Twitter to a video of of Franklin singing “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)” at the White House.
Hill used a hashtag that sums up the feelings of Franklin’s global following: “#GetWellQueen.”
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