TMZ: Doctors informed Aretha Franklin's family that 'Aretha will pass' today

The American singer-songwriter has been gravely ill lately, and her family has been warned that her passing is likely imminent. 

Aretha Franklin has been in poor health in recent years, and her loved ones hav reportedly been told that she could have as little as hours left to live. 

An unnamed source has said that she has been suffering from cancer, but this has never been confirmed by Franklin or any representatives for the musician. 

The singer's weight has dropped down dramatically, with her weighing in at just 86 pounds. 

On Monday, August 13, those close to her were warned that she would probably pass away during the day. 

Her friends and family have gathered at her bedside for their final goodbyes. 

Just two weeks ago they were warned that she could go at any time. 

"I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release," WDIV's Evrod Cassimy tweeted Monday morning.

In recent years Franklin has only performed on a very limited basis, last appearing on the stage in November 2017 at a at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event.

She had more performances scheduled in early 2018, which she was forced to cancel due to her health. 

“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” Franklin’s management said in a statement at the time.

She did release another album in November 2017, which she titled A Brand New Me. At the time, she had hoped that she would still be able to record another album. 

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