Legendary songstress Aretha Franklin is speaking out after rumors surfaced that she passed away surfaced yesterday (Nov. 21).
The iconic songstress said, “I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good,” in an official statement to Us Magazine. Clearing up rumors surrounding her significant weight loss, she continued, “I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight… Thanxxxx for your concern.”
Concern for the singer’s well being arose after a parody account tweeted out a post announcing the singer’s death drawing in a devastating response from Aretha Franklin fans online.
While Franklin has disputed recent speculation, concerns over the singer’s health has been rising for some time now. According to NPR.com, Franklin reportedly said, “This will be my last year in concert. This is it,” during a performance in early 2017 leaving many people to believe that her health was interfering with her touring schedule.
Even further back, the legendary songstress shot down rumors of her possibly having pancreatic cancer, but admitted to experiencing some health woes. During a 2011 interview with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson, Franklin revealed, “I went through a number of procedures before I knew what was wrong.” “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.”
Regardless of the details, we’re wishing the Queen of Soul a speedy recovery.