“She has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer,” cousin Brenda Corbett told the Detroit Free-Press. “This girl is doing great and [the media] need to stop [speculating].”
Added sister-in-law Earline Franklin: “Aretha is doing absolutely wonderful. All the prayers and well wishes have supported her and she’s doing well.”
Having already scrapped six months of her touring schedule, the 18-time Grammy winner underwent surgery for an undisclosed cause last week. Fans held a prayer vigil for the diva in downtown Detroit the night before her operation, which Franklin said afterward was “highly successful.”
Meanwhile, a source told the Detroit News that Franklin does have pancreatic cancer, the same condiitonPatrick Swayzesuffered from, while the city’s Fox 2 News cited a “close relative” in reporting the same thing.
Franklin’s rep has not commented on the cancer reports.