The Detroit Historical Society reports that Franklin's family lived in Detroit shortly after she was born in 1942.
She's my favourite singer; I am a big Aretha Franklin fan.
The news emerged Sunday evening, and many are eagerly awaiting further corroborating reports.
Franklin has sold more than 75 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists.
The 76-year-old soul legend - who last performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY in November - is said to be at her home in Detroit, where her loved ones are understood to have gathered to say their goodbyes.
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Friedman's words do not paint the picture of a hopeful recovery, stating that Franklin will be "missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin".
Health issues: The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism. It's not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul.
The article reads: "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her". Long live the Queen'.
In 2011 star was forced to deny she had pancreatic cancer after reading a report in a newspaper.
"I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that", she added. Franklin said in August of that year that she had undergone a "miraculous" recovery, but continued to drop out of shows. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'.