UPDATE: Aretha Franklin Says Family and Friends Are Taking ‘Great Care’ of Her

Soul diva Aretha Franklin is currently at home in Detroit, Michigan recovering after undergoing surgery. With the help of her family and a private nurse, the music legend is in “great spirits” after her “successful” surgery at a hospital in Detroit last week to treat an undisclosed ailment. According to various reports, Franklin, 68, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but there has been no direct confirmation from the “Respect” hitmaker regarding the nature of the illness. Franklin released a statement to assure fans she is being well looked after – and she is already making plans for the holidays. She says, “I’ve been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me.” “I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I’m hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of Dreamgirls at the Fox before it closes.” We wish Ms. Franklin the best.


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