Gladys Knight gave us a scare when she said she suffered from the “same disease” the late Aretha Franklin recently succumbed to. During an interview with Detroit’s WDIV station, she said that the last time she saw the Queen of Soul, they “shared the fact that we had the same disease,” which made the public think that she was also battling pancreatic cancer also.
The “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” singer clarified what she meant in a statement and said she actually battled breast cancer.
“I’d like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic,” she said in a statement. “Due to early detection, I am cancer free and grateful for that. It is unfortunate that on a day we should be celebrating Aretha’s life and massive contribution to our world, a reporter who did not relay accurate information has missed the message. I send my love to the entire Franklin family and my gratitude to them for sharing such an extraordinary person with us.”
Franklin was laid to rest during an nine-hour funeral yesterday (August 31st), at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. Knight was in attendance, and sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”