After a magazine story this week claimed that Aretha Franklin has incurable pancreatic cancer, a new report out of Detroit cites a relative of the Queen of Soul that she does in fact have cancer, and that the family is “very concerned.”
After canceling her concerts through May 2011 for “medical reasons,” Aretha was hospitalized last week, with no reason given at the time. She underwent surgery, which was then called a success.
After her hospital visit Aretha issued a statement:
“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! — The Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin”