( CNN ) Aretha Franklin is surrounded by those closest to her as the legendary singer receives hospice care.

A source close to Franklin tells CNN’s Don Lemon the 76 -year-old “Queen of Soul” is being visited by people close to her who are reading messages from friends and loved ones, holding her hand .

Social media has also been inundated with tributes to Franklin .

Former president Bill Clinton tweeted late Monday asking others to “lift” the ailing starring .

“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, ” the tweet read. “We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her ballads that have meant the most to you.”

He joined a chorus of other famous voices, including Mariah Carey, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chance the Rapper, who offered well-wishes and prayers for the the 76 -year-old singer .

Her popularity has spanned generations and some fans shared personal tales of having fulfilled the icon .

“I fulfilled Aretha Franklin when I was 9, my grandfather’s gf was her close friend, ” one person tweeted. “They took me to a concert and recollect watching her backstage with her fur and diamonds commanding the room like a boss. I only knew I wanted to be like that! “

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