Multiple Grammy award-winner and veteran American singer, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill.

A source close to the US ‘Queen Of Soul’ reports that she was surrounded by relatives due to the state of her health.

According to the source, the family of the 76 year-old, who is known for hit songs like "Respect" (1967) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968), is asking for prayers and privacy.

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Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

Other Aretha Franklin 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).

In 2005 Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the highest award for an American civilian -- by then-president George W. Bush.

We pray she returns to good health.

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