There are conflicting reports about Aretha Franklin's prognosis after Roger Friedman broke the news Saturday that the Queen of Soul was on her death bed in a Detroit hospital.

According to Friedman's blog Sowbiz411, Aretha was "gravely ill" after battling pancreatic cancer for 8 years. According to Backgrid.com, Aretha's doctor confirmed to family that she will pass today (Monday).

So why is Friedman now reporting that Aretha and music mogul Clive Davis are planning an all-star tribute to Aretha scheduled for November 14 -- and she will be in the audience in NYC or watch the show via closed circuit TV.

In a post dated August 13 (today), Friedman writes:

"Aretha herself had hoped to be in the audience if not actually perform. If she can’t get there, the show will be live-cast to her in Detroit via any number of methods."

What odd choice of wording from the same writer who broke the news that Aretha was on her death bed. Is Friedman expecting her to make a miraculous recovery and continue to bless the world with her music?

Let's hope so.

Photo by The Grosby Group / BACKGRID

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    They been saying Reefuh been on her deathbed for some years now. I'll just say prayers for her and her family.

  • missmiami305

    Time will tell

  • missmiami305

    True

  • Alextra Ballard

    I stated in an earlier thread that r&b sanga Freddie Jackson once said that ReRe had Pancreatic Cancer. That was 5 yrs ago when he made that statement,however ReRe closets friends came to her defense and shut Freddie down. The rumor was squashed.. I see why family members are reluctant to say anything cuz people get wrong info and run with it.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    can somebody (anybody) tell Friedman to log the 'f' out! now when she raise up and read him for filth, folks gonna say she being "difficult" LOL!!

    jokes aside, he is not the only one reporting this, unfortunately.
    i'm really saddened by this situation.

  • JustB

    No one is on their death bed until they lay in a coffin...as long as they are here on Earth only God knows

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • SummerBaby

    Get outta my head.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I have already said last post about Mama Reetha that she plans EVERYTHING. Known for it. She planned this bc she already knew. She also is known for leaking her own news to the press. Since she was a teen. She was hoping to make it to this concert tribute about her ownself... but it looks like Jesus may or may not have other plans for her. Nobody knows but him. She doesnt even know. Im quite sure she wrote her own obit.

  • hi-liter

    It's called being optimistic.....most of yall know that regardless of what man (doctors) says, the good Lord will have the last word.

  • http://Bossip.com/ ohplease

    ....and she is outliving all kinds of people younger then her. LOL! Deathbed for what?!?!?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He is the original source. All the other news sources are quoting him.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Yes go in the kona. On the other hand, I wonder what he has also.

  • sunni_daze

    Clive threw a party and Whitney's body was still upstairs dead and cold. He aint shit

  • TheWildChild

    Maybe she's making a 'Hologram' appearance ?????..."via any number of methods"

  • FukkFolks2018

    Detroit News is not. They say he was the first but no quotes.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I cant stand his Mr. Burns looking ass

  • kekeb

    Omg. That's sad. This woman's voice is incredible. I pray she gets well, but if not, I pray that she is right with God. Nothing else matters

  • DETROITTOATL

    HA HA HA HA. I though I was the only one who thought that and we also know Mr. Burns is a snake.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Well you know they been say Freddie was HIV positive, but he stated it was his diet. Clean living

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Clive give the devil chills..that's how cold blooded he is..dirty mofo..

  • sunni_daze

    Man what. Aretha may come to Detroit but she may not be alive for the show.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Why am I weak over here?!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    How many times is Aretha going to be dragged to death's door by pancreatic cancer?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    well i guess im'a keep a lil 'dirt' in my diet (keep my immune system on its toes) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    WHUT?!
    you know what Sandra, i erased it, but i had originally typed a question asking if he was your only source! girl, i got the gift! LOL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl....

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes, he is the one who broke the story on Saturday. I waited until a family member confirmed today. But who knows if the "cousin" is telling the truth? ??

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'm worried but maybe it's a good sign if it's just a "cousin" ...if we hear something from a more 'immediate' member of her family, it may be more likely that she's not faring very well.

    hang in there Aunt 'Retha... you've bounced back before! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40856033303d04950fead1121c6be6c0bd1dd252110cb05af14c38f525dcbbac.gif

  • Freeriah

    If she pancreatic cancer she will evenly die. It’s just a matter of how long. That’s a death sentence.

  • KcoolMuziq
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  • SumthinSweeter

    LOL...... It's like looking at your aunties who have low key beef while 1 is coming down the soul train line at the family reunion.

  • SumthinSweeter

    LOL...... It's like looking at your aunties who have low key beef while 1 is coming down the soul train line at the family reunion.

  • n1kk1a

    I don’t trust Clive.....

  • n1kk1a

    I don’t trust Clive.....

  • missmiami305

    That’s cold blooded lol

  • missmiami305

    That’s cold blooded lol

  • missmiami305

    Dayum! Lawd hammercy u right

  • missmiami305

    Dayum! Lawd hammercy u right

  • Miss Thang

    I love both of them so much *sigh* lol this gif just makes me smh lol how you gone be shading the same person since the 1960's? lawd lol

  • Miss Thang

    I love both of them so much *sigh* lol this gif just makes me smh lol how you gone be shading the same person since the 1960's? lawd lol

  • Li-Wright

    She's in hospice. It's just a matter of time.

  • Li-Wright

    She's in hospice. It's just a matter of time.

  • Li-Wright

    Well, he had started the party. Was he supposed to stop and tell everybody to go home? Do you know how much money those LA events cost? I know I wouldn't have stopped the party. It was a police matter.

  • Li-Wright

    Well, he had started the party. Was he supposed to stop and tell everybody to go home? Do you know how much money those LA events cost? I know I wouldn't have stopped the party. It was a police matter.

  • Li-Wright

    Suggest that everybody read the book, Respect, you will find out that Aretha writes her own PR, and she is very very private.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Umma take your word about her and her privacy, since you've obviously read her book. However sometimes close "so-called"friends, family don't care nothing about "your"privacy if the price is right

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Her camp is famous for not divulging info.

  • Rhondalousey

    She was wrong as helll for that. I just pray she get better, she is a legend.

  • Rhondalousey

    Omg

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    My gay sources have confirmed it, it's really over this time.

  • TexasMocha

    ??

  • abby500

    I think she passed

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOL I knew someone would post this. She shaded TH outta Patti.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Here you go. I thought Keith Washington shady self recorded a phone convo with Aretha a couple years ago when she was also ill. He then played it or talked in depth about it and got drugged to hell's door and back for doing so.

  • Latisaj

    A TRUE LEGEND RIGHT FROM MY HOME TOWN!! She is gravely ill however has not transitioned.

  • Michelle

    Aretha is dropping an album in November. Better believe her streams will be epic in the event of her death, especially that new album.

  • GrapeCrush

    Don’t no clean diet have you looking like THAT tho’. You’re supposed to look healthy and glowing, not rail thin looking like you’re at deaths door.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    As well he should have been!

    These queens (not you, SQ) got no respect for thee Queen!
    ?

  • GuestSTAR

    I hope this is untrue. Over the years the media's had Aretha on her death bed a few times. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most deadliest. Took Patrick Swazey out quick.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiiile, you and I both know that ain from dieting,nor clean living. Nuggas quick to blast other people illness,but not their own.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    People magazine is reporting it, so there might be some truth to it. Once it hits CNN, or MNBC, then we know its true.

  • Solstice

    I too heard she was in hospice.... I have family in Detroit and you know it’s a big deal to a lot of them. To a lot of us really.

  • Solstice

    CNN just stated she is in hospice…

  • Shaylove1975

    She had an album come out a couple weeks ago.

  • Oya Shango

    I believe that she has already closed her mouth. The family just hasn't announced it yet, because they want time with her and time to handle the media onslaught. An irreplaceable legend and historical icon who will be greatly remembered and missed.

  • MsPam

    ?

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Thanks for the update.

  • Solstice

    YW ???? I was hoping that it wasn’t true. ?

  • reddfoxxy16

    A'men.?????????

  • samuel severino

    No, she already died early Monday. They are not releasing it to the public yet so that the family can grieve and sort out last minute logistics.

    And are you really counting CNN, universally know as the king of fake news, as your go to source for credible information?

  • samuel severino

    She did. The family is getting things in order ($$$) and doesn’t want the information leaked yet. Reports will conflict for the next 2 days but the info keeps leaking out.

    For all of the bad that goes along with being a private trainer in Hollywood for over 15 years you do get to develop reliable sources from everywhere and get information before the mainstream news reports it. And in cases, never reports the information at all.

  • WiseGui

    I don’t think Aretha has anything to do with the all-star tribute. That is Clive’s planning alone.

    How is someone who is on their death bed and being kept alive via machines or actually dead in any capacity to “plan” their own all star tribute.

    The sharks are swarming now that they smell blood. The all-star tribute is a marketing gimmick by Clive and the other industry demonic Jews to garner publicity and make a killing from sales once it has been released that she has passed.

  • Disgustd

    I wonder will he "keep the party going" after her death like he did with Whitney?

  • sunni_daze

    If someone you cared for "loved"so much died the day of your party, would you still have the party ? And don't forget the body is still in the building

  • TMW

    Aretha is in hospice. While some people associate hospice with the fact that death will occur soon, it is usually a financial decision. A person can live for months in hospice, but what few people realize is that when someone is designated in hospice treatment, there is no more aggressive treatment and the family usually signs a DNR, but all of their care is provided for without any additional medical expense to them.

    Only God knows when Aretha will die. I’m praying for her peace.

  • Kimocha

    Last I heard... Aretha is in hospice and that 's not good news... It seems like it won't be too much longer now...

  • Kimocha

    They did my girl Whitney dirty when they did that... Smdh

  • Kimocha

    Did she???? How is it? Does she sound good?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Aretha is at home, laughing and joking with family and friends. That hardly sounds like hospice to me.

  • Kimocha

    Whaaaatttt???

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I know Aries are about to come for me but I'm use to it. Lol!!! Aries are known liars for attention. No lie is too big, just as long as they get all of the attention they're dying for.

    Oh and before people start assuming, that I don't know what I'm talking about, I not only grew up with Aries, they've been in my life, my entire life, so I know them a little too well.

    I don't wish death on anyone but if she had them to release a false story, (which she has been accused of doing, throughout her entire career) that was low. I'm not saying that's what she did, because I do believe she is very sick, but that's a straight up Aries move. Anything for attention.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Folks are saying she has already passed.

  • Tee Bullock

    nooooo, not another 1 of our legends :(

  • Enoughsaid2020

    CNN, MSNBC, or People magazine.