Aretha Franklin did not pass away. The Queen Of Soul came out to respond to the rumors of her passing on the 21st of November. She assured her fans that she is still alive.
A fake account posing as Aretha Franklin began a hashtag #RipArethaFranklin and many started retweeting the message. However, Franklin said in a statement to Us Weekly that she’s “doing well generally” and all of her recent health tests came back positive.
She added, “I’ve lost a lot of weight due to the side effects of the medicine.” The initial message which started it all was mentioned over 15,000 times despite being false.
— Aretha Franklin (@ArethaFrankIinn) November 21, 2017
The post which we have for you above said: “It Is With Sad News That We Announce The Passing Of The Queen Of Soul.” Fans began reacting as if the news was accurate.
The host of Access Hollywood, who also works as a rep for the singer, took to Twitter not long after to confirm the reports were false. He stated, “I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin’s family friends in my hometown Detroit.”
According to the host, they spoke to Aretha not long before conversing with himself. They requested of him to “tell you to please don’t believe this news that was trending.”
Franklin has struggled with false reports before. In recent years, a report claimed Aretha had pancreatic surgery, but the allegations were untrue. Earlier in the year, Aretha – who has won 18 Grammys – said that she was retiring.
The legendary songstress explained that she is satisfied with the trajectory of her career and no longer wants to push for more success. And her career was undoubtedly successful, considering Franklin was the first woman ever to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.