"We Had The Same Disease": Singer Gladys Knight Clears The Air About Her Comments At Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Date September 5, 2018 14:05

On Friday, the city of Detroit stood still as Aretha Franklin’s body made its way to her final resting place. A funeral service took place in her honor at the Greater Grace Temple just outside the city, large enough to contain the hundreds of people in attendance.

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From former US President Bill Clinton to ace producer Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Barbara Streisand, celebrities showed up in their number to eulogize the late “Queen of Soul.”

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In an interview with WDIV-TV (Channel 4) just before the funeral began, songstress Gladys Knight spoke about her personal relationship with the late Franklin, particularly their last conversation. Apparently, the women checked into the same hotel without knowing it but had a pleasant talk about the coincidence.

We just got to talking and everything and at that time we shared the fact that we had the same disease.

Some news outlets wrongly reported Knight’s statement as a suggestion she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took Franklin. However, The Detroit News reports that Knight cleared the air late Friday through her publicist, Jay D. 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.

Schwartz further added that Knight is now cancer free as early detection enabled her to get the treatment she needed. In addition, Knight called out the reporter who misinterpreted her in the first place before extending her regards to Franklin’s family.

READ ALSO: "Our Queen Of Soul": Barack And Michelle Obama Pay Glowing Tribute To The Late Aretha Franklin

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Nevertheless, some commentators on social media still believe Knight was out of turn speaking about her illness at Franklin’s funeral.

Knight put on a surprise performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone," a Franklin classic originally featured in the 1945 musical "Carousel," but popularized in Franklin’s 1972 live album "Amazing Grace."

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We join the rest of Detroit to celebrate the life and times of one of America’s finest singers.

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