Thursday, December 9, 2010
Aretha Franklin has cancer
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", has been diagnosed with cancer, reports Fox News Detroit.
The 68-year-old Franklin has incurable pancreatic cancer, following reports a week ago that she was undergoing surgery for an unknown illness.
While her surgery was said to "highly successful," Fox News confirmed Franklin's diagnosis, and it's said that she may have less than a year left.
"God is still in control," Franklin said in a post-surgery statement. "I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country."
A source close to her said that her family is "very concerned." However, they do say she is doing "okay."
Pancreatic cancer has claimed the lives of actors Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon in recent years.
The survival rate for the disease ranges from 5-10% in average cases, and significantly less for someone of Franklin's age.
A few weeks ago Franklin canceled all concerts through May 2011 due to "medical reasons." With the new found revelations, they may have been her last.
Aretha has been legendary in music, releasing her first album in 1961. She even performed during President Obama's inauguration in early 2009.