Aretha Franklin diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Family member reveals singer's condition after undergoing surgery

Aretha Franklin is recovering from surgery to treat pancreatic cancer.

A famliy member has confirmed the singer is battling the condition, reports Detroit TV station WJBK Fox 2.

The news comes after Franklin recently had surgery, but did not say which condition she was suffering from.

Rev Jesse Jackson, a long-time friend, said that Franklin was “recovering very well” and was in high spirits. “She’s conscious, communicating and taking daily walks up and down the hall,” he added.

“God is still in control,” Franklin said in a statement after her surgery, which was deemed “highly successful”. She added: “I had superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country.”

The day before surgery took place fans had gathered in Detroit to hold a prayer vigil for her. Franklin had cancelled gigs in November on doctors’ advice.