A source later told TMZ that he was told a week ago, "Prepare yourself, she's dying" and "she could go any time." The insider added that Aretha, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing.
Following the news, fans and celebrities alike sent their prayers and messages of support to the "Respect" singer.
"Praying for the Queen of Soul," Mariah Carey tweeted on Monday morning (Aug. 13).
Former President Bill Clinton also sent his sent his love, tweeting, "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."
Beyonce and Jay-Z even dedicated their "On The Run II Tour" performance in Detroit (Aretha's hometown) on Monday (August 13) to the 76-year-old singer. "We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music," Beyonce told the crowd during the show.
DJ Khaled, who opened for the Carters, also asked the "OTRII Tour" crowd to "send some love to Aretha" before playing her hit "Respect."
The Queen of Soul's last performance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event in New York City on November 7.
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