The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has died. That’s the news that’s topping Google Trends at this moment. Nothing is confirmed as yet. (Update: Aretha is fine, it’s another fake death hoax)

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Aretha underwent surgery for a mystery illness about a month ago. And rumor has it that she had pancreatic cancer. The National Enquirer reported recently that Aretha has incurable pancreatic cancer. The rag lists pancreatic survival rates at 5-10%, and even lower for someone of Franklin’s age and weight. Patrick Swayze died from the same form of cancer in September last year.

Fox 2 News quoted Franklin herself as saying she had “highly successful” surgery recently. “God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country,” she said.

Franklin cancelled a number of concerts back in October citing “health reasons,” and in early November, she has cancelled all engagements for the next six months.

The death rumor could just be a hoax. We’ll keep you updated.

Our prayers go out to Aretha and in God we trust always.

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