Aretha Franklin reported to have pancreatic cancer
Crap. Here we go again with more lousy news. Thought I’d pass it on.
Publicists for the 68-year-old singer, who has canceled all her appearances through May 2011, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Detroit News report on Wednesday cited a source familiar with the situation for the cancer diagnosis, an illness which the report pointed out has a poor prognosis.
Separately, the Fox television station in Detroit reported the same diagnosis for the “Queen of Soul,” citing a close relative as the source. The report said she was doing “OK.”
After the surgery, Franklin released a statement December 2 that she had undergone “highly successful surgery” but did not disclose the nature of her illness.
The legendary singer of 1960s hits like “Chain of Fools” and “Respect” had continued a busy schedule of touring and recording until late October.
In January 2009, she sang at the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
(Writing by Andrew Stern, editing by Greg McCune)