Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

In a posting on the blues star's official website, his brother DAN writes the disease is in its late stages and that Whitley is currently in home hospice care.

Dan adds, "Chris is resting peacefully and is in little physical pain. At one point today he grabbed my hand firmly as I spoke to him, looked at me and smiled his usual knowing smile but that is all and that was quite enough."

Whitley cancelled his US tour dates in October (05) due to an unspecified illness.