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Report: Aretha Franklin Resting At Home Following 'Gravely Ill' Hospital Stay

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Millions of prayers went up yesterday (August 13) following reports the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill" following a stint with cancer. But according to PEOPLE, family members are hopeful as Franklin is now resting at her home in Detroit.

According to the publication, the singer is surrounded by loved ones who tell them she's in good spirits. Franklin’s nephew Tim Franklin tells PEOPLE, “She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people. Family is there with her,” he said. “She’s home.”

“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 continued. “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.”

Franklin's nephew said they are trying to remain positive and hopeful in order to keep her spirits up. “We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” he added.