The Grammy-winning popular soul singer Aretha Franklin is reportedly seriously ill in Detroit, United States of America.

The 76 year old Franklin is known in the music circles as the Queen of Soul.

Aretha’s family and friends who are currently by her side are appealing for prayers from fans and friends.

The Grammy-winning singer is reportedly down to 86 pounds, and her health is failing.

According to reports, Aretha is battling cancer.

She had surgery for a tumor in 2010 and reports swirled that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the time, but she denied the rumors in 2011.

Aretha is a music icon and one of the greatest female artists of all time.

She performed in 2015 her song, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honours to pay tribute to Carole King.

One of her best and popular songs is ‘Who is Zooming Who’.

She has had duets with a number of artists including the late George Michael on the hit song ‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me’.