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Aretha Franklin’s Close Friends Downplay Health Scare Rumors

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Aretha Franklin’s Close Friends Downplay Health Scare Rumors

A rumor being spread on social media about Aretha Franklin’s health declining is not true, according to entertainment reporter Shaun Robinson.

The 75-year-old was said to have been in the hospital fighting for her life and could pass at any time now due to a bout with cancer.

“Good Morning, Everyone. I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin’s family friends in my hometown Detroit,” Robinson Tweeted. “They spoke to Aretha moments ago and asked me to tell you please don’t believe this news that was trending. Have a good day.”

This isn’t the first time a rumor about Aretha having a health scare went viral. In 2011,  she downplayed reports that she was fighting pancreatic cancer.

“I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from,” the Grammy winner told 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.”

Earlier this year, Franklin announced her retirement from music but planned to release one more album before calling it quits.

Associate Editor, All Black Media

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