Aretha Franklin is in "bad shape" but "hanging in there", according to her bass player Ralphe Armstrong, who described the Queen of Soul as a "fighter".
The 76-year-old music icon is believed to be "gravely" ill, and whilst her family are said to have gathered round to say their goodbyes, her bandmate Ralphe Armstrong - who was her bass player for 30 years - insists she's a "fighter", who is doing her best to push through.
He said: "She's in bad shape but she's a fighter. She doesn't talk about her illness, she's a strong person of faith. She gets a little depressed but she's a person of faith."
Ralphe visited the 'Respect' hitmaker on Friday to drop off some flowers for the Queen of Soul, and caught up with her family on Tuesday to get an update on the star's health.
He added to People magazine: "She was hanging in there, up talking and reading the paper a couple weeks ago. She's had a downturn just Saturday. Last week she was cussing people out.