Aretha Franklin at Home, "in Great Spirits"
Aretha Franklin is home for the holidays.
A publicist for the singer, 68, says Franklin is "in great spirits and very happy to be home where she will be resting in anticipation of spending the upcoming holiday season with her family." The legendary star had spent over a week in a Detroit hospital, where she had surgery for an undisclosed ailment; several sources have said that Franklin is suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Without confirming the cancer reports on record, Franklin's publicist said the surgery was "highly successful."
Franklin herself said in a statement:
"I've been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I'm hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in Downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of Dreamgirls at the FOX before it closes."