A nephew of legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin is disputing reports that the 18-time Grammy winner is at death’s doorstep.

On Saturday, veteran reporter Roger Friedman first broke the news that Aretha was “gravely ill” and in a Detroit hospital.

But Aretha’s nephew Tim Franklin believes she will pull through.

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Nicki Minaj recorded her fans and the paparazzi with her cell phone as she arrived at “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday. Nicki appeared on the talk show to promote her new album Queen. She was forced to dump her cover of Tracy Chapman‘s hit song “Baby Can I Hold You” off her new album, Queen, after the pop music legend denied her request to sample her music.

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