Aretha Franklin reportedly in hospice care

Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul and pop singer, is in hospice care at her home, gravely ill and surrounded by family, a source close to Franklin told CNN’s Don Lemon.

A friend of Franklin, 76, told People she has “been ill for a long time” and her friends and family have been warned that her “death is imminent.”

But her nephew, Tim Franklin, was more positive. “We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” he said.

Franklin’s professional singing career goes back to her first record deal in 1960, and by 1968 she had sealed her fame with hits like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” She released her final album, A Brand New Me, last year, right after announcing her retirement.

Our prayers are with Ms. Franklin and the family

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