Gladys Knight reportedly revealed she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The legendary singer disclosed her diagnosis while in Detroit attending Aretha Franklin‘s funeral, who passed away at 76 from pancreatic cancer.
Detroit News broke the story reporting:
While attending services for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, fellow recording artist Gladys Knight, 74, told WDIV (Channel 4) Thursday she has pancreatic cancer.
It was unclear how long ago Knight, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, was diagnosed with cancer.
Franklin, who publicly confirmed her diagnosis in late 2010, and asked her audience for prayers following a free performance in Detroit in June 2017, survived pancreatic cancer for nearly eight years before she died last week — far longer than normal, medical experts say.
Only 20 percent of those diagnosed with the disease live beyond one year, while only 7 percent survive five years after being diagnosed, Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society and a medical oncologist and epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta told The Detroit News.
This new is incredibly sad and disheartening.
You may recall earlier this year, fans began to question Gladys’ appearance and the living legend took to social media to address plastic surgery rumors.
Please join me in sending love and prayers to Gladys Knight.