The 2011 Grammy Awards opened tonight with a rousing tribute to Aretha Franklin. At the end of the performance by Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, and Florence Welch, the Queen of Soul appeared in a pre-taped segment from Detroit thanking all her fans and fellow musicians for their support during her recent illness. The one thing that they didn’t mention is what exactly is ailing Aretha.
What is wrong with Aretha Franklin?
The Queen of Soul has done her best to keep her illness on the down low, but did admit to having a mysterious surgery in December 2010. At that time a family insider came forward and disclosed that the singer had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. However a few weeks ago, Aretha revealed that that story was false and she does not have cancer.
“I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from,” Aretha said to Access Hollywood.” “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.”
Guess we’ll never really know what the mystery ailment ever was! Whatever the ailment was Aretha was looking beautiful and healthy this evening! The side effect of her surgey appears to be some major weight loss ‘cuz she was rocking that gown!
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