Aretha Franklin is resting at dwelling, surrounded by family and friends, who’re attempting to remain hopeful in regards to the singing legend’s failing well being, her nephew instructed PEOPLE.
“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, in a position to acknowledge individuals,” Tim Franklin instructed PEOPLE on Tuesday. “Household is there along with her. She’s dwelling.”
Information broke on Monday that Franklin was in “gravely in poor health” situation, with PEOPLE reporting that the soul singer’s dying was “imminent.”
“I noticed her every week in the past Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and he or she was alert, speaking, laughing, joking,” he stated. “She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s useless,’ so I don’t wish to dampen her spirits on that.”
Nicely needs poured in for “The Queen of Soul” from notable figures comparable to Mariah Carey and former President Invoice Clinton.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018
Like individuals all around the globe, Hillary and I are occupied with Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an essential a part of our lives the final 50 years. We hope you’ll elevate her up by listening and sharing her songs which have meant essentially the most to you.
— Invoice Clinton (@BillClinton) August 14, 2018
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her household throughout this tough time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the highest of the yr we MUST CELEBRATE the Residing Legends whereas they’re right here to see it. So many have given us a long time of Timeless music…❤️ https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
Franklin’s nephew confirmed with PEOPLE that she is sick, however stated that her household is “attempting to maintain her spirits up and go from there.”
“We consider she’ll pull via it, she believes she’ll pull via it, and that’s the essential factor,” he stated.