Tributes pour in for Aretha Franklin
Amid news Monday that singer Aretha Franklin was gravely ill and in hospice, admirers flooded social media with tributes to the 'Queen of Soul."
Fans posted music videos of their favorite Franklin tunes on social media while wishing her well and offering to say a little prayer for the prolific singer, songwriter and musician who, despite her fame, remained a Metro Detroiter.
The fans included prominent celebrity voices.
"Praying for the Queen of Soul," Singer Mariah Carey tweeted, alongside two prayer hands emojis and a photo of diva when she was young.
"My prayers to Aretha Franklin and her family!" La Toya Jackson, the Grammy award-winning songwriter and actress who is the fifth child of the Jackson family, tweeted with an accompanying Time magazine cover.
Actress Patricia Arquette used the hashtag #OneOfAKind to describe the singer.
"Your work was always original. You voice, Incredibly moving and inspiring. Your sound, yours alone."
Others focused on personal memories and photos.
The Rev. Al Sharpton shared a photo of himself with his arm around Franklin, both smiling widely. "Pray for the Queen, Aretha Franklin, a true warrior and my dear friend."
"Please join me in sending prayers of healing and comfort for the Queel of Soul and my friend of many years," Judge Greg Mathis tweeted.
Actress Marlee Matlin wrote about the time she shared a dressing room with Franklin.
"I watched in awe as she sang on Fox After Breakfast stage," she tweeted. "Yes, I'm deaf but she touched my SOUL."
Rapper Missy Elliott brought back a tweet from the beginning of the year in which she said "People like Stevie Wonder/ Tina Turner/ Patti Labelle/ Aretha Franklin so many LIVING Legends need to be Celebrated while they are here!"
Longtime TV and radio host shared a photo of Franklin and himself at an event for his cardiac foundation, urging her to "Stay strong, Aretha!"
And singer Jamie Lambert took the time to remind the world, "Aretha Franklin, in her mid 70s, still managed to bring the Kennedy Center and the world to their feet singing 'Natural Woman.'"
It was a performance that brought tears to then-President Barack Obama's eyes.