Aretha Franklin is back in the news today after a stirring tribute was paid to the veteran soul singer at the 2011 Grammy Award ceremony last night; but fans are still wondering what her mystery illness is.
The ailing Memphis born legend was unable to attend the awards in person but she did feature thanks to a pre-recorded video message which was broadcast as part of the show. In the clip she thanked friends, family and fans for their ongoing support in her time of illness; although it’s still unclear what that illness actually is.
Speculation was rife a few months back that Franklin was suffering with pancreatic cancer, and the news came from a supposed family member, but Aretha quickly quashed that rumour during an interview with Access Hollywood, in which she said, “I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from, I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody.”
She underwent surgery towards the end of last year to rectify the anonymous problem which seems to have done the trick, as she is looking healthier and slimmer again.
The one time star of The Blues Brothers received a special homage thanks to the vocal talents of Christina Aguilera who is still making amends for the heinous error she made at the Super Bowl XLV when singing the wrong words to the national anthem.
Jennifer Hudson also took part in the tribute and she has just finished working with Clive Davis of Arista Records, who in turn is looking forward to a new decade of projects with Aretha Franklin, provided her health holds up.
The 68 year old still has an incredible voice and is widely regarded as the queen of soul. Whatever the illness was she seems to be on the better side of it now and by all accounts will be back to doing what she does best in the very near future.
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Read about Aretha at the basketball, her statement just after surgery, pancreatic cancer, thanks to her fans, the original rumor about cancer, and her being in great spirits.
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