Aretha Franklin is reportedly home and “alert,” surrounded by family and friends amid reports of her being “gravely ill” due to cancer.

Tim Franklin confirmed the 76-year-old legend’s status to People magazine after the soul singer’s family was “asking for prayers and privacy.”

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” Tim Franklin revealed. “Family is there with her. 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.”

A friend also confirmed to the magazine that the 18-time Grammy winner has “been ill for a long time” and that loved ones have reportedly been warned that “death is imminent.”

The family is reportedly hopeful that her health would turn around for the good. Tim says the family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”