UPDATE: Cousin Says Aretha Franklin Is Ready For Hospital ReleaseThursday, December 09, 2010
"[She] has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer,” Brenda Corbett tells the Detroit Free Press.
Franklin announced last week that she had undergone an unidentified surgical procedure, but according to reports published yesterday, the mystery illness is Pancreatic Cancer.
Report: Pancreatic Cancer is Aretha Franklin’s Mystery Illness
Franklin’s good friend, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited Franklin four or five times, tells the AP that her spirits "are high and her faith is strong."
No confirmation has been provided from Franklin’s camp regarding the cancer reports.