An ailing Aretha Franklin is surrounded by her loved ones and resting at home in Detroit.
Her nephew Tim Franklin says, “She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people.“Family is there with her. She’s home.”
Tim continued, “She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that.”
A friend of the Queen of Soul explained that the singer has “been ill for a long time” and her loved ones have been warned her “death is imminent.”
However, her family is choosing to remain hopeful. Tim said that while the singer “is sick,” her family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.
“We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing."
As her loved ones remain hopeful, news outlets are still reporting that the legendary singer is in hospice care.
Sources: TMZ, CNN