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.

"We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing," Tim told PEOPLE.

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” he tells PEOPLE.

On Monday, media outlets reported that Aretha was in hospice care and close to the end. But Tim Franklin disputes the reports.

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

Tim added that family members are "trying to keep her spirits up and go from there."

Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy said he spoke to Aretha on Monday. "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family," he tweeted.

Another clue that Aretha might not be at death's doorstep comes from the original source of the grim reaper news: Roger Friedman's blog.

Just 48 hours after he claimed Aretha was deathly ill, Friedman reported that the 76-year-old soul icon and music mogul Clive Davis were planning an all-star tribute concert scheduled for November -- and Aretha planned to be in attendance.

However, other reports have suggested she is receiving hospice care at home, while a friend of the "Respect" hitmaker confirmed to PEOPLE that she has been ill "for a long time" and her "death is imminent."

The singer announced she was retiring from touring in March 2017, and her final performance took place at the Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in New York in November 2017. Earlier this year, she was forced to cancel a string of shows on doctors' orders.

Franklin was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010, when she secretly underwent surgery to remove a tumor. But she has denied the reports.

“I am not going to even deal with that,” Franklin told JET magazine.

In related news, pop singer Beyonce and her husband JAY-Z honored Aretha at their Detroit concert on Monday. The couple dedicated their On The Run II Tour performance at Ford Field to the legendary singer.

"We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music," said Beyonce, who previously fell out with Aretha after she referred to Tina Turner as "the Queen" during the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Aretha expressed her disappointment in a statement after the Grammy telecast, calling Beyonce's insult "a cheap shot for controversy". She concluded her statement with "love to Beyonce anyway."

A year later, a gracious Aretha defended Beyonce when fans taunted Bey for lip-syncing the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's first inauguration.

 

Photos by Ray Filmano / WENN, Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com, Dominic Chan/WENN.com

  • iWasteTime

    It was nice to see all those folks in her hometown singing RESPECT!
    She needs all that positive energy
    Ford Field was packed!

  • Rainbowbelow

    I wish people would stop saying people are on their deathbed.

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless Aretha man. Fight Ms. Ree! Fight!

  • Kimocha

    Well I'm glad to hear she's OK... God Bless her!

  • SumthinSweeter

    Wow... 18 Grammy's. Impressive.

  • hi-liter

    Yeah, I hate they announced she was gravely ill. Maybe all the well wishes are helping though.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I just don't like the idea of people's personal health information being given to the public. I just feel like health information should remain private, rich, famous, powerful or not. Anyway, I hope she's at peace.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well this is the down side of being a public figure.

  • Kanyade

    yup and she deserves more than that.

  • Logan Roberts

    Aretha is the type that like to have the last say in what's going on in her life. There's no telling what's the truth at this point ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Sure damn it does.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *yells defiantly* Long Live The Queen!

    *runs byke out before i start crying* https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/adf60a6e2371eb61ed06e11e80488e695ce1b05aba500eece1116c5034cde3bf.gif

  • Phillybruh

    If she's in hospice, she could very well be alert, My Uncle was. Its just nothing medically that can be done for her at that point except comfort. Let us know when you hear the death rattle in her chest then you know its imminent.

  • bemetoo

    like i said yesterday yall get ready for jhud bigfoot bass fish mouth kick stand leg whale back big head ass to do a tribute for the soon to be late great aretha franklin

  • Phillybruh

    I rather see Fanny!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    ??? Lol. Why she gotta be all of that?

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Damn you went in ?????

  • imright

    this living legend is fighting for her life and Donald Trump is healthy??

  • bemetoo

    cause she is.

  • bemetoo

    she will be there with her husband

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She's at home. She's not in a hospice facility.

  • Phillybruh

    Hospice can be done at home.

  • Scorpio

    Sandra, people have hospice care at home. I'm hoping the nephew is right, she'll pull through, but hospice doesn't have to be in a facility, especially if someone wants to die at home.

  • Miss Thang

    she's a public figure and anyone can talk about her and speculate on her condition. It's not like anyone has released her medical records.now, that would be illegal.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooo..wheeew! I actually needed that!!!

  • free

    they don't sing alike so i'mma be mad. who do we think would be fitting?

  • Miss Thang

    "...jhud bigfoot bass fish mouth kick stand leg whale back big head ass to do a tribute"

    lmao noooooooooo... i can't stand her! :( I really hope Fantasia gets to do a big tribute instead.

  • free

    awww lawd, do you have to spell it out for us???

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Whew chile. Nicki Minaj said Safaree stole credit cards and bought hookers. Not surprised at all. Pretty sure I said he seems like a cornball to me on here just the other day.

  • WhoKnew

    Yep, you absolutely can have hospice care at home. We had it for my dad. The way it was explained to us is that when the person is close to death, like within a week to less than 2 weeks they are moved from a hospital to a hospice. We chose to have the hospice come to my sister's home where my dad was brought from the hospital. And as the hospice explained, he did pass within a week of being released to hospice.

    Praying for Ms. Ri.

  • Phillybruh

    But he wrote some of her best work. She's only going to do 150k this week she going be popping that puss all over the awards shows this fall.

  • Solstice
  • WhoKnew

    Yep. sure can. Did hospice at home for my dad.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Idk what that has to do with him stealing her credit cards and buying hookers.

    But if that is true, I wish they would re-unite so she could put some good music out. Never been a fan, but she has a couple of songs I like.

  • Phillybruh

    She needed something to say about him.

  • WhoKnew

    "..jhud bigfoot bass fish mouth kick stand leg whale back big head ass to do a tribute"

    LMBAO. Not kick stand leg. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e205cc772599fd1cfb6343d48dbd26ec8a8b5b8cbd1c71421d6288c915f1ca79.jpg

  • Solstice

    And I am still ROFL LMAO ??? I am sooo done!! Tickled chile tickled!! ??https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a7ca6e8539e3dc6c52cf6750c1594d56d173eede99a0fbc1a01d413624b47c6.gif

  • Alextra Ballard

    Omg....um ova here listenin to my ReRe playlist and cdfu...Girrrlll!!!

  • WhoKnew

    Taysha.

  • Phillybruh

    Ciara......

  • Alextra Ballard

    Dam ReRe been sick for a good minit...I am pretty certain that she has made her own arrangements. Everything probably preplan. If she passes I hope the family carry out her plan to the T. Hoping Re plus through.
    R E S P E C T for a legend

  • Prettybrowneyes
  • WhoKnew

    Is that true? I did not hear a rattle when my dad passed. I had just walked into his room to read to him (I've heard that the hearing is the last to go so I would read to him) and it appeared as though he wasn't breathing so I listened to his chest and didn't hear anything. So then I checked his pulse and it was very, very faint so he was passing on as I was standing there. I went to the other room to call the hospice worker and by the time she got back to the room he had passed. I'm so glad I walked into the room when I did. At least he wasn't alone when he took his last breath.

  • MsPam

    I wish people would stop rushing Aretha to her death, someone was alive yesterday but are dead today. Aretha may outlive someone who is sending her prayers.

  • Phillybruh

    When my grandmother passed, we could hear it. Its not loud and it didn't last too long. It was right before she passed. You may not have known what you were hearing. The Dr. Told us what it was.

  • Li-Wright

    I don't know about pancreatic cancer, but when we saw her last year at Ravinia, she did a full segment and testament to God about her surgery a few years ago. And she kept saying it was liver. Maybe liver cancer? Anyway, she let the audience know that she had recovered from whatever it was.
    But, I do believe she is gravely ill. At death's door? Who knows?

  • WhoKnew

    Oh, okay.

  • WhoKnew

    Cuz she is.

  • WhoKnew

    Where you get Ciara from? Ciara is a dancer, not a singer.

  • rodt

    doubt it

  • FukkFolks2018

    When somone on here years ago said her ass had a baggy mouth? I still canna. None of this either.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol

  • FukkFolks2018

    Age did humble her some. She learned how to start showing up to her own concerts. She is all of those things and she wears it proudly. Cant fault someone who says yes I am all of those things AND what? Folks can Either accept it or move around. Dont ever change for anyone. She has been all those things since she dropped when we she was 14 yo. Didnt change for not one person.

  • Miss Thang

    I give Aretha a pass because she had a terrible childhood and that can really mess a person up. I feel empathy for her. I really do.

  • FukkFolks2018

    +1. Her Childhood was pretty bad

  • Solstice

    ???!!

  • Michelle

    She’s in hospice, my goodness can y’all respect that? How bout overly religious ppl believe god is gonna show favor and repair her liver that’s taking a beating w/ controlled drugs while in hospice. I bet her euphoria from said drugs has him in denial. I’m absolutely sure she’s in hospice because I looked up her hashtag lastnight on instagram and came across a girl in a nursing uniform. I won’t say her name because she realized the error of her judgement. Anyway she had on her uniform, she posted something to the effect of “going to work I am so honored and humbled for this job and blessed blah blah blah” but she hashtag it Aretha Franklin and hashtag hospicecare etc. I sent her a message saying are u the hospice nurse. She deleted the post lastnight and this morning the account is private. Anyway Aretha is in hospice

  • pecancandy

    All the way

  • pecancandy

    Lord you found the visual

  • Guest

    You forgot ashy knees, but you on point! lol!

  • Bonita

    I so regret not going to see her at Ravinia!! Ugghhh!!!

  • Bonita

    I so regret not going to see her at Ravinia!! Ugghhh!!!

  • WhoKnew

    Lookit. When she said kick stand leg, I was all the way done. I had to find them. LOL.

  • WhoKnew

    Lookit. When she said kick stand leg, I was all the way done. I had to find them. LOL.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I'm going to ask what everyone is thinking...Are you okay? Or...How old are you is the better question. Everything you said makes zero sense.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I'm going to ask what everyone is thinking...Are you okay? Or...How old are you is the better question. Everything you said makes zero sense.

  • bemetoo

    oh yeah and sneaky snake eyes

  • Prettybootnikki

    I heard that in my mother’s chest. I didn’t know what it was at that time. And the nurses didn’t say anything about it to cause an alarm. My mother passed within some days after I heard that noise. And it’s very distinctive. I will never forget it. She was in ICU.

  • bemetoo

    motorcycle kickstand

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Pull through Queen.

  • bemetoo

    I wish she would see this

  • free

    OH HELL TO THE NO!

  • Connie

    Is that Aretha in your gravi?

  • free

    he HAD to be clowning because aretha would raise up out of the casket and tell them to kindly move on to the next item in the order of service.

  • Connie

    Well damn!! I'm weeping

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Sure can be done at home. I am a Hospice volunteer and only go to peoples homes. Very rarely do I go in the facility.

  • WhooCares

    Dead!!

  • Yui

    Don’t bother, lol. ?

  • bemetoo

    ?????

  • bemetoo

    cerror

  • bemetoo

    singing Ain't No (other) Way ????

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????REAL TEARS!!! OMG NO YOU DIDNT..LMMFAO!!!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    With goggles and a scalpel. Dâmn!!!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Everyone is leaking people's personal business now, so gone are the days where people privacy, was actually respected.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Attention seekers.

  • WhoKnew

    So glad Ms. Ri is still here fighting the good fight. But it begs this question. Her family and/or spokesperson is speaking out the sides of their necks. One side is saying she is not gravely ill. The other side is saying: We have been told that her passing could come at any moment and that her family has all gathered around her, which suggest that her passing could come at any moment.

    What I R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is when people say what they mean (honestly) or don't say anything at all. So her family and/or spokesperson need to get on one page, which is to be quiet and not say anything at all and let her live out her last days, months, etc. in peace without the he-said she-said frenzy. How about that?

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You would be surprised at how typical narcissistic behaviors are for these high-achieving celebrities. I most often don’t buy the “fake humility” act that many celebrities present!

    As India Arie stated, in an Oprah interview, “it’s their job to make us like them,” and Aretha seemed to care less!

    But, her music speaks to the soul, and her shade couldn’t dim its shine or comfort (she got my grandma and mom through with her music)!

    Amazing Grace (G.O.A.T) or the legions of other great music (Daydreaming, Rock Steady, Oh me, Oh my, etc.) she made and shared with the world is incomparable! Human beings come flawed!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    You are so right!

    I saw one music documentary, and the telling how in spite of her domestic violence, she put out “I’ve Never Loved a Man,” and never addressed her personal problems, or apologized for being “Aretha!”

    It was always about the work, hence the massive music catalogue and hit records!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Aretha is a legendary singer. In her youth, her vocal prowess was iconic. However, as a person, she leaves a lot to be desired. Ms. Thing can be mean and petty to the 10th power. Regardless, I wish her well.

    However... I don't want to rain on her family's parade, but hospice patients often experience a short recovery, then suddenly take a turn for the worst. Some people call it a "nearing death awareness" or a "hospice bounce. "

  • MsNewNew

    Hospice doesn't always mean a death. It's just that most times, a family will not enter into hospice until they are near the end of life. But the earlier you receive hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize your medical condition. Hospice is available for many months and can make that time more about living well than dying. Of course we don't know what her actual issue is so she very well could be near death. Praying God's will be done.

  • bemetoo

    girl ion like that big face bihh..she seems so sneaky and thinks she something special

  • Michelle

    Seems you’re the only one thinking that. I’m a housewife and retired military, I’m 39, I’m an online lurker and perfectly sane. Your passive aggressive nature says more about your mental health than mine.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    We're the same age and I still stand by what I said. You sound like a Looney Tune.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I know that. I took care of terminally ill patients in their homes. Hospice care is simply making the patient comfortable by administering pain medicine and sedatives.

  • Jennifer

    You know, this may not be the right time to say this, but I never got all the hoopla about Aretha Franklin. Great singer indeed, but any greater than Gladys Knight or Patti Labelle? I mean, don't get me wrong, I recognize who she is, I just always found her to be hugely overrated. I feel like she's the soul singer White folks crowned Queen and we just went along w it. BC if Gladys and Patti were doing a concert right now, they'd blow the roof off and have more jams I actually wanna hear! Please forgive me Roses ?

  • kekeb

    God ALWAYS has the final say! Until then, keep the faith

  • Eileen

    I feel the exact same way you do. don't get me wrong I like her and she has my RESPECT but I just could not understand the hoopla over her voice.It wasn't that great think of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson,

  • Eileen

    For a young women with her pipes yes it was iconic it came from the church choir so there was that infusion of gospel and soul but after maturing into a grown women she falls in line with the great numbers of black chauntauses that can sing their hearts out

  • Solstice

    Thank you for your service sis! What branch? I’m a proud USAF brat! ?

  • Solstice

    Yes. (I know you weren’t asking me but I noticed it myself) She confirmed it yesterday when asked. It’s a beautiful pic. ???

  • Solstice

    I was stunned that she had a child at 12!! Can you imagine??! And idk if she was harmed or not but my Auntie’s in the D shared that with me. They also talked about all that she (and all the elders) had to overcome. Much respect ??

  • Solstice

    ??

  • Solstice

    ???!!

  • Solstice
  • Solstice

    I’m sorry for your loss. I thankfully still have my mom and grandma ?? (who is my heart and soul!!) My mother isn’t as great but I am grateful. Blessings to you! ????

  • Solstice

    Ok. You had me wondering ??

  • Malcom Flex

    1 in 25 million people get up off their deathbed. All honors to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin rest well queen you did that.

  • Malcom Flex

    Hospice is typically end stage of life. The Queen is transitioning.

  • Malcom Flex

    You explained things perfectly. Thank you and you saved that fool azz nurse spilling Miss Ree's tea.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Thank you.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Yea! And for people to say it's a "public figure" is crazy to me. Just cause this is my JOB, it doesn't mean that I want you in my personal shat. And that's why (although I'm not a fan), respect Bey and Jay...you know nothing about them and, you have no idea if anything that they do divulge is the truth. If nothing else, medically, EVERYONE should have a right to privacy.

  • Malcom Flex

    Maybe listen to a variety of her music she's done more than most people know. Gospel, standards, opera, easy listening.

  • Michelle

    Ummmm ok.

  • Michelle

    US navy sis! HooYah!! Thank you for your service as well!???

  • Miss Thang

    I adore Aretha in a different way than Patti or Gladys. All their voices have different strengths. I think Aretha is seen in a bigger light because of her songs' roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Also, Gladys has never done me like Aretha has, and I've seen Gladys live. I still rate Marvin Gaye's version of Heard it Through the Grapevine farrrrrrrr above Gladys's version. But Aretha's and Patti's songs always get played in my house. And Aretha makes me cry.

  • justsayin

    Preach. Aretha was much more than her voice. My Grandma is 87. She just told me. WhitePeople did not name her Queen of Soul. She believes it was a DJ or some unknown Black Person/s. I loved her like a member of my family. Sorry she had to go so soon. 76 is not old for today. Auntie Maxine, turned 80 yesterday.