Aretha Franklin's family has confirmed that the singer has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to Billboard.
The soul and R&B singer has been such an influence on today's music that it would be an absolute shame to see her go before her time. Hang in there, Aretha!
More daily music news and gossip after the jump...
Prefix: Gorilla iPad Album Set For Release on Christmas Day
Perez Hilton: Jim Morrison Gets a Posthumous Pardon For Indecent Exposure Conviction
Rolling Stone: Mariah: Nick Cannon Doesn't Want Our Baby to Believe in Santa!
NME: Libertines, Arctic Monkeys Supergroup Releasing Album
Spinner: David Cameron Smiths Row Debated in Parliament