Aretha Franklin's Family Is Hopeful That She Will 'Pull Through,' Nephew Says

Paula Rogo Aug, 15, 2018

The family of Aretha Franklin wants the public to know that they believe things are looking up for the beloved music legend.

A new report from a family spokesperson reveals that Franklin is in “good spirits” after it was announced that she was “gravely ill” earlier this week.

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Her nephew, Tim Franklin, told People magazine that he believes his 76-year-old aunt will recover despite her recent health scare.

“We believe she’ll pull through it,” he added. “She believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing.”

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Earlier this week, family friend Evrod Cassimy put out a statement about the Queen of Soul’s health.

“I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” he said in a tweet on Monday. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”

CNN also reported late Monday that the legendary singer is receiving palliative care at home. Rumors of her deteriorating health have been around since 2011, with reports surfacing that she was battling pancreatic cancer.

Franklin also revealed in a 2017 interview that she would soon retire from touring.

“I am retiring this year,” the singer said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

As news of Frankin’s illness made its rounds, stars and friends alike began paying tribute to the iconic soul singer, including Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Detroit stop of their On The Run II Tour.

It also appears veteran music executive, Clive Davis, is planning the ultimate tribute for Franklin later this year. According to Billboard, the famed label head honcho is pulling all the stops to celebrate Franklin’s six decades in music with an all-star concert at Madison Square Garden this November.

“Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” is slated to take place on Nov. 14.