• Aretha Franklin 'battling pancreatic cancer' as 'family gather to say goodbye'

    Asked by GregPWN on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Aretha Franklin 'battling pancreatic cancer' as 'family gather to say goodbye'

    Outlets in the US are reporting that her condition is not being disclosed, but The Mirror in the UK says it's pancreatic cancer.

    The Queen of Soul is reportedly fighting her life in hospital after 'eight-year battle' with the disease

    Aretha Franklin is reportedly 'gravely ill' in hospital with pancreatic cancer.

    The 76 year old is in the final stages of a devastating eight-year battle with the illness, Richard Arnold told Good Morning Britain on Monday.

    Friends and family are now said to be gathered around the bedside of the Queen of Soul in Detroit to 'say their goodbyes'.

    The 76 year old is believed to have been diagnosed in 2010 but subsequently denied she had suffered a relapse.

    She continued to perform up until last year, but cancelled a series of shows last summer, citing doctors orders.
    from The Mirror, UK.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Sad. We saw a picture of her ... she looked really ill - had lost so much weight.

      I can't understand why celebrities try to hide their disease rather than using their celebrity to advance its cause. She could have helped raise millions for pancreatic cancer, if that is indeed what she is dying from.

      11 months ago
    • Boogerman's Avatar

      I noticed that there wasn't much being said about what she was ill with. I think it would do more good for celebrities to announce what they are dealing with. Some people tend to think that it's only the "common" people that get struck down with terrible things. I believe it would make them seem more normal and make the average person feel better knowing that they too have to fight the same demons that we do. Of course, the celebrities mostly have unlimited funds and resources to get treatment whenever, where ever they want to, so they do have that advantage.

      11 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I was saddened to learn about her illness. I loved her music. I, too, am perplexed by how secretive some celebrities and notables are about sharing a cancer diagnosis. Instead of losing fans, they would gain fans and help create awareness.

      11 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      And now we've lost her...

      11 months ago

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