Aretha Franklin confirmed to have pancreatic cancer

Aretha Franklin is reportedly fighting pancreatic cancer.

The 'Respect' singer ' who recently underwent 'serious' surgery for an undisclosed condition ' is said to have been told she has less than a year to live after being diagnosed with the disease, which has a survival rate of just five to 10 per cent.

The 68-year-old star's family has refused to discuss her prognosis, except to say she is doing 'OK' but one unnamed relative ' who confirmed she has cancer but refused to say which type – told Detroit's WJBK Fox 2 radio station those close to her a 'very concerned'.

Last month Aretha cancelled all her concerts until May for 'medical reasons'.

Until late October she had been recording and touring, but last week released a statement saying she had undergone 'highly successful' surgery. The Rev Jesse Jackson – who has visited the singer in hospital -said: 'She is recovering and her spirits are high.

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