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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has pancreatic cancer

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Soul queen Aretha Franklin has pancreatic cancer and recovering from surgery CBS News reports today.

The 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" had not disclosed the nature of the illness that left her canceling upcoming shows to have surgery last week.

A source familiar with the situation told The Detroit News that surgery was successful. Fox 2 Detroit reports that the information regarding the singer's diagnosis came from "a close relative."

Neither Ms. Franklin nor her publicist have confirmed this.

In 1971, Franklin became one of the first black performers to headline Fillmore West, and later released a live album of the concert.

Her album Young, Black and Gifted contained two top ten hits, "Daydreamin" and "Rock Steady".

In 1972, Aretha Franklin released the gospel album "Amazing Grace," which later became her biggest-selling release ever, selling over two million copies and becoming one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.


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