Aretha Franklin has cancer, Detroit TV station confirms
A Detroit TV station has confirmed a National Enquirer report that singer Aretha Franklin has cancer. Why is that rag always right when it's stuff you don't want it to be right about?
A relative told Fox 2 in Detroit that the queen of soul is indeed fighting the disease, although no specifics were given. The Enquirer said Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but that wasn't confirmed. That's the same kind that killed Patrick Swayze, and has a very low survival rate.
Franklin's family says the 68-year-old is "okay" following an undisclosed surgery last week. She had released a statement following the Dec. 2 procedure that read, "The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!"
Jesse Jackson was in Detroit to check on her as she recovered, and said Wednesday that her "spirits are high, and her faith is strong," the AP reports. "She’s conscious, communicating and taking daily walks up and down the hall. ... She has amazing strength — body, religion and faith. It's what he keeps her going." Jackson did not say to the AP from what illness Aretha was suffering.
All of Franklin's concerts through 2011 were canceled a few weeks ago, citing "medical reasons." Family are asking for everyone's thoughts and prayers. The Juice* is ticking the iPod over to listen to Lady Soul right now.
[Photo: Re-re in July. Getty Images]