Aretha Franklin Death Hoax Hits Social Media

Lawrence Kim
November 22, 2017

He stated, "I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin's family friends in my hometown Detroit".

With Twitter awash with posts claiming that the 75-year-old had passed away, Franklin told friends that she was far from her deathbed.

With icons like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince gone, we have to protect our remaining living legends at all costs, which is why Twitter is going insane over rumors that Aretha Franklin has died (or is dying) of cancer.

Now Aretha Franklin is the latest to fall victim to the hoax reports, but the singing superstar isn't taking it lying down.

The fake news about the singer's death all started with a fake Franklin Twitter account uploading a photo of her with the death announcement. "They spoke to Aretha moments ago and asked me to tell you please don't believe this news that was trending".

The following month, she canceled a concert in Toronto scheduled for July because of "doctors orders", according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time that the "Respect" singer had to clarify rumors about herself.

'I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. As Page Six points out, reports emerged alleging that Aretha was battling pancreatic cancer. Thanxxxx for your concern'.

Franklin did admit to experiencing severe pain in her side, so severe it "almost brought me to my knees".

Nonetheless, she did acknowledge that she was experiencing some health issues.

The diva did announce in February that she was retiring from music, but that she had one final album in the works before she did so, and that she planned to open a nightclub called Aretha's as a retirement project. I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert. "I don't know where "pancreatic cancer" came from", she told Access Hollywood at the time. I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing.

Aretha is one of the most celebrated singers in history, with iconic songs such as Respect, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain Of Fools.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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