The family of Aretha Franklin has reportedly been told that the legendary soul singer is near death — and is likely to die today, TMZ reports.
Friends and family members have reportedly been gathering to say a final farewell to Franklin, 76, who has been battling 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 website reports. “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.'”
Franklin has been in poor health in recent years. “She has performed, but only on a limited basis … most recently last November at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event,” TMZ notes.