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Aretha Franklin is resting at home, surrounded by friends and family, who are trying to stay hopeful about the singing legend’s failing health, her nephew told PEOPLE.

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” Tim Franklin told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “Family is there with her. She’s home.”

News broke on Monday that Franklin was in “gravely ill” condition, with PEOPLE reporting that the soul singer’s death was “imminent.”

“I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking,” he said. “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.”



Well wishes poured in for “The Queen of Soul” from notable figures such as Mariah Carey and former President Bill Clinton.

Franklin’s nephew confirmed with PEOPLE that she is sick, but said that 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,” he said.



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