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New York rap veteran Q-Tip is making a rare social media appearance. The hip-hop pioneer has come forward to send love and prayers to music icon Aretha Franklin.

Tip went to Instagram this week and put up a message for Franklin highlighting her greatness.

Yesterday, reports emerged about Aretha being gravely ill and possibly dealing with cancer.

A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told “she could go any time.” Another source — someone who has been close to Aretha for decades — tells TMZ she has been battling cancer. (TMZ)

An additional media outlet has confirmed Franklin’s health issues.

Sending well wishes. Aretha Franklin “is not doing well,” a source confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, August 13. The insider noted that the 76-year-old legendary singer’s “body is breaking down,” and that Franklin “is hanging in there, but recovery is not looking likely.” She is currently “comfortable at home.” (Us Magazine)

Music veterans Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey have sent prayers to Franklin.