Social media was stunned when #RIPArethaFranklin began trending yesterday on Twitter.
But don’t worry guys – the undisputed queen of soul is alive and well.
Aretha has spoken out after rumours of her death circulated on Twitter on Tuesday, November 21.
Many people rushed to pay tribute to the 75-year-old after a tweet from what called itself Aretha’s official Twitter account announced her passing.
The news stemmed from the @ArethaFranklinn (two n’s) account, which uses the same picture and header as the Respect singer’s actual offical account.
A tweet which was retweeted nearly 2,000 times, read: ‘It Is With Sad News That We Announce The Passing Of The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin 1942-2017.’
However, it was all a hoax – and Aretha herself is here to dismiss it.
The music icon told Us Weekly in an email: ‘I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good.
‘I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight … Thanxxxx for your concern.’
And Shaun Robinson, the former Access Hollywood host who also acts as Ms Franklin’s agent, tweeted: ‘Everyone. I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin’s family friends in my hometown Detroit. They spoke to Aretha moments ago and asked me to tell you please don’t believe this news that was trending. Have a good day.’
So there you have it.
Aretha has suffered numerous health issues over the years. In 2011, she was forced to deny she had pancreatic cancer after undergoing surgery for a tumour.
Earlier this year, she cancelled a string of concerts due to health reasons, but has not disclosed what illness she is treating.
Many people were concerned after she appeared to have lost weight at a concert appearance in July.
Back in February, Franklin told Detroit’s WDIV Local 4 that she would be retiring from performing this year, saying: ‘I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it. I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.’
Aretha is one of the most celebrated singers in history, with iconic songs such as Respect, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain Of Fools.