Aretha Franklin, 76, who is battling cancer and is reportedly down to just 86-pounds, is in hospice care surrounded by friends and family at her home in Detroit. Her nephew, Tim Franklin, 60, revealed that along with her hospice care, her 'family is there with her,' adding 'she's home.''
Aretha's a strong woman of faith, Tim told Radar. 'We're all praying for her during her time of illness. We are of the belief that she'll pull through, and her spirits are that of such.'Tim says she knows her fans are concerned about her and that 'She is requesting prayer, pray for her strength.'
While the singer has been fighting cancer for several years now, the family remains hopeful that she can pull through, and they are trying to protect her from the media reports on her failing health.
'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,' Tim told People.
'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.'
However, People reports that her loved ones have been warned her 'death is imminent.'