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.
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