UPDATE: Aretha Franklin Says Health Issue Resolved, Thanks Friends and Fans

After public worries, medical procedures and cancer reports, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is doing just fine; recently stating “the problem has been resolved.”

Franklin pulled out of a series of shows late last year after falling ill. The “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” singer chose not to tell fans what the health scare was, even though a cousin told news outlets that she had been diagnosed with a deadly pancreatic cancer.

“I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors (but) the problem has been resolved,” Franklin tells Jet Magazine. “I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. That’s not Aretha.”

Franklin did share how the incident started, revealing she felt a pain in her side during a concert in Toronto, Canada, prompting recommendation from her doctor to undergo a CAT-scan.

“Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything,” says Franklin, continuing with some advice, “If there is anything happening with you that is uncommon and something that you know should not be happening, go to your doctor. Be determined to find out what is going on.”

Ms. Franklin feels very gracious to friends and fans who wished her well as she battled the health scare.

She adds, “I want to thank my fans and friends and supporters who have prayed for me and sent me beautiful cards and flowers.”


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