The Queen of Soul is recovering in her own home following a “highly successful” surgery on Dec. 2. Though Aretha Franklin herself has not spoken on the matter, a family member reported that the singer is suffering from pancreatic cancer last week.
Wednesday (Dec. 15) Franklin released a statement telling fans, “I’ve been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me.”
She also adds that she has “a private nurse who visits on a daily basis.”
Thursday, in her first and only interview since the operation, Franklin tells JET that she will soon make an announcement about her prognosis. “I am putting Aretha together first,” she says. “We will put Ree Ree together first. This is Aretha time to do whatever it is that I need to do. But I will talk more later.”
In this difficult time, Franklin has received an incredible outpouring of support from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson and Patti LaBelle. “There were so many people. I might not remember everyone’s name right this moment, but please, I want them to know I appreciate their prayers,” the gracious singer says.
“God has given me the greatest gift already for the holidays. I am so grateful,” Franklin continues, speaking of her improved health.
In a previous statement, she acknowledged a hope to “be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of ‘Dreamgirls’ at Fox before it closes.”
We’re glad the musical legend can be in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by family and friends this Holiday season. Here’s hoping a little R&R at home is just what the doctor ordered.