By Damilola Faustino
Gladys Knight has revealed in a new interview that she “had the same disease” as her late friend Aretha Franklin.
The singer, who is 74, spoke about her diagnosis while recalling her final conversation with the Queen of Soul, who died at the age of 76 on August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Knight said: “The last time I talked to her, we were at the same hotel and we didn’t know it. But I know her crew and family, she knows my crew and family. Aretha said, ‘Get down here,’ so I went down. … We just got to talking, and at that time we shared the fact that we had the same disease.”
The Empress of Soul later clarified her comments in a statement via her rep, Jay Schwartz: “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.
“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.”
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