Aretha Franklin Is Battling Pancreatic Cancer
Aretha Franklin is battling pancreatic cancer, a family friend has announced.
According to the report, family and friends close to the Queen of Soul are “very concerned,” but say she is doing “okay.” Family expressed hopes that fans of Aretha, 68, will send prayers and good thoughts.
“God is still in control,” Aretha’s post-surgery statement read. “I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country.”
News of Franklin’s unspecified operation came a month after she announced the cancellation of all concert dates and personal appearances through May on the order of her doctors. That announcement came after Franklin’s brief visit to a Detroit hospital — no details were given about her condition at the time.
It’s been a difficult several months for Franklin; her adult son, Eddie, was beaten by three men at a Detroit gas station in September 2010. A month earlier, she broke ribs in a fall, causing her to miss two free concerts in New York.
Aretha Franklin, born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, is the singer of hits like ‘Respect,’ ‘Chain of Fools,’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’