‘Aretha Franklin has cancer’

2010-12-10 07:36

Los Angeles – Soul legend Aretha Franklin has cancer and underwent surgery last week, media reported, after she cancelled engagements for the near future.

Fox 2 News in Detroit cited a relative as saying the 68-year-old Queen of Soul is doing “okay”, but that the family was very concerned, and asked for supporters to send their thoughts and prayers.

Representatives for Franklin, who rose from singing gospel to top charts in the 1960s and 1970s with hits like “Respect”, “Think” and “Chain of Fools”, did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

Fox 2 News quoted Franklin herself as saying she had “highly successful” surgery last week. “God is still in control.

I had superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country,” she said.

The Detroit News meanwhile reported the singer had pancreatic cancer, which has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, killing around 95% of patients within five years of diagnosis.

Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze died from the same form of cancer in September last year.

Franklin cancelled a number of concerts in October citing “health reasons”, while in early November, doctors ordered her to cancel all engagements for the next six months, according to the Detroit News.

Arguably the most influential female singer in the United States in her lifetime, Franklin’s powerful, bell-clear voice is unmistakable, from a whisper to full-gospel-choir force that stretched over four octaves.

It has influenced the styles of two generations or more of divas, from Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston – whose mother was a backup singer for Franklin – to Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J Blige and Amy Winehouse.

Franklin has continued belting out her old hits into her 60s, and issuing both old and new collections of recordings that still sold strongly 40 years after Respect earned her the Queen of Soul title in 1967.

She gave a stirring rendition of US anthem Let Freedom Ring at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January last year.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.