Thursday, December 2, 2021

Aretha Franklin: Singer Died from the Fourth-deadliest Cancer – VIDEO

*The Queen of Soul died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 on August 16 in her hometown of Detroit.

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow and divide to form a tumor in the pancreas, a large gland located in the abdomen that aids in digestion, according to the NHS.

Following Aretha Franklin’s death, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement: “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI.”

Quinn also shared a statement from the family, which read: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

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“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

The independent.co.uk noted that the most common type of pancreatic cancer is pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and it usually difficult to detect, leading it to be known as the silent killer. Causes of pancreatic cancer are not fully understood, however, there are certain known factors that increase the risk of developing the disease.

“Pancreatic cancer mainly affects people aged 50 to 80 and around half of all new cases are diagnosed in people aged 75 or over, the report states.” In Europe, pancreatic cancer is the fourth-deadliest cancer. 

“Age is the largest factor linked to pancreatic cancer, as is weight, smoking and a history of health conditions such as diabetes, or chronic pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas).”

Franklin battled health issues for years and underwent surgery in December 2010 for what was rumored at the time to be pancreatic cancer.

Although she never discussed the reason for the surgery, she said the operation had been “highly successful” in a statement.

via The Independent:

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat because a tumor in the pancreas often does not result in symptoms – meaning it is often not diagnosed until it is too late.

According to the NHS and PancreaticCancer.org, the first symptom of pancreatic cancer is typically pain in the back or stomach, which can be worse when eating.

Weight loss and loss of appetite are also symptoms of the disease, as well as changes in stool, pancreatitis, and nausea.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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