The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is spending her last moments at home surrounded by loved ones in Detroit after battling cancer for eight ongoing years.

A close friend of Aretha was told, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying,” and added that friends and family were told two weeks ago that “she could go anytime”. It’s reported that she has shrunk to 86 pounds and her “health is failing”.

Following the reports of the singer’s illness former US President Bill Clinton posted on Twitter: “Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years. We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.”

Beyoncé also dedicated her concert with husband Jay-Z to Aretha in the veteran singer’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan on Monday night. Many other artists like, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliot, who look up to her also sang her praises.

Aretha launched a secular music career aged 18, but it was in 1967 when she signed with Atlantic Records that her star began to soar. In 2005, Aretha was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005 by President George W. Bush. The medal is presented to those who have made contributions to national security, world peace or culture.

Rolling Stone magazine also named the 76-year-old the greatest singer of all time.

Aretha last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John’s AIDs Foundation concert in New York, battling exhaustion and dehydration to thrill crowds.