Aretha Franklin Has Cancer

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This is really sad news to report: Aretha Franklin has cancer.  The diagnosis was confirmed by her family yesterday after the 68-year-old singer underwent surgery for previously unknown reasons last week. According The National Enquirer, the cancer is pancreatic, and diagnosed months ago.

Following the surgery, Franklin released a statement reading, “The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!”

Those were hopeful words, but this new information suggests that her troubles are far from over. Her old friend the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged fans to keep the faith, telling the Associated Press that the Queen of Soul’s “spirits are high, and her faith is strong. She’s conscious, communicating and taking daily walks up and down the hall. She has amazing strength—body, religion and faith. It’s what he keeps her going.” We’re praying she keeps strong and fights this.