Aretha Franklin is said to be “gravely ill” and her family has asked for privacy and prayers during this time. According to the Daily Mail, the Queen of Soul is surrounded by her loved ones in Detroit.
Not long after the news broke, Aretha Franklin’s name started trending on Twitter. Many social media users saw her name and immediately thought that she had died. Several tweets reading “RIP Aretha Franklin” have been posted, leading many others to believe that Franklin had already passed away.
You can see some of the confusing tweets below.
Aretha Franklin died omg
— remy mwah 💋 (@clapbackanna) August 13, 2018
RIP ARETHA FRANKLIN U HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ALOT
— QUEEN NICKI STAN (@Marlontheking10) August 13, 2018
Aretha Franklin died?
— Shay 🦄 (@sinfulnicki) August 13, 2018
i saw Aretha Franklin trending and i went from ooooo is it her birthday to oooooooooh nooooooo real quick
— gma carol 🙂 (@dyslxic) August 13, 2018
Aretha Franklin has been out of the public eye since last year. Her last performance took place on November 2, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.