However, Tim said, while she "is sick", the family is "trying to keep her spirits up and go from there".
"I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour".
"She is (a) major reason we started this company and promote this music was to honor Aretha and those people who created this fabulous genre".
"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".
In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late past year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. Rumors circulated that her condition placed her "near death", but her family has backed off that claim. "The family is asking for prayers and privacy".
2nd Unite the Right rally happening in Washington Sunday
Charlottesville will have a secured area around downtown with security checkpoints that limit access to pedestrians. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.
In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.
The soul singer Aretha Franklin was said to be seriously ill and surrounded by family and friends in hospice care yesterday. I spoke with her family members this morning. No more details were provided.
I Knew You Were Waiting For Me, a duet she sang with the late British singer George Michael, was one of her Grammy-winning hits. Celebrities and politicians reacted to the word of her poor health Monday.
The Say A Little Prayer soul legend, 76, is surrounded by her loved ones in Detroit, nine months after her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY.
Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted.