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Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN’s Don Lemon.

Word of the “Queen of Soul” being gravely ill was first reported by Showbiz 411.

Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman told CNN: “She has a great family, she’s surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers. All further announcements will be made by her family. We just want to send love and prayers.”

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The soul singer has been dogged by reports of failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she has kept her struggles private.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor’s orders, according to Rolling Stone. In 2010, she was forced to cancel to scheduled performances due to fractured ribs and abdominal pain.

Franklin’s career spans six decades. She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister.  

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