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Aretha Franklin's Cousin Says She's 'Doing Better Than Expected'

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Though some media reports place her nearly on her death bed, Aretha Franklin's cousin tells the Detroit Free Press the Queen of Soul is actually doing pretty well.

Brenda Corbett tells the paper, "Aretha is doing better than doctors expected.  She has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer."

Referring to a National Enquirer report citing the extremely low survival rate for pancreatic cancer -- the disease Franklin reportedly has -- Corbett added, "This girl is doing great, and they need to stop it."  She added that the legendary singer may leave the hospital this weekend.

When asked why Franklin refuses to confirm the exact nature of her illness, Corbett said, "It's her private business and she's just not ready to talk about it.  Give her time to heal."

Meanwhile, Franklin's sister-in-law, Earline Franklin, told the paper, "Aretha is doing absolutely wonderful.  All the prayers and well-wishes have supported her, and she's doing well."

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Report: Aretha Franklin Battling Pancreatic Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Aretha Franklin is battling pancreatic cancer, according to a family friend.

ABC affiliate WXYZ Action News in Detroit, Mich. reported Wednesday that a family friend of Franklin says the singer is suffering from the disease. A family friend also told WJBK FOX 2 News in Detroit that Franklin is doing "okay," though her family and friends are "very concerned" and have asked fans of the Queen of Soul to send prayers and well wishes.

A week after Franklin underwent surgery for a mysterious illness, a tabloid report said the 68-year-old singer was battling incurable pancreatic cancer.

But neither she nor her publicist said what was ailing her. Franklin's publicist also declined to comment to ABC News on Wednesday.

Last month, Franklin, whose hits include Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, announced that she was canceling all concert dates and personal appearances through May, under her doctors' orders.

It's been a rough few months for the singer. In September, her adult son, Eddie, was beaten by three men at a Detroit gas station. And a month earlier, she broke ribs in a fall and had to miss two free concerts in New York.

One of the country's most honored singers, Franklin has won numerous Grammys, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Aretha Franklin Undergoes 'Highly Successful' Surgery

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Aretha Franklin is recovering from surgery performed Thursday for an undisclosed condition.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio by her publicist, the Queen of Soul called the surgery at a Detroit hospital "highly successful" and said, "God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!"

A vigil was held in downtown Detroit for Franklin on Wednesday night.  She recently canceled all concert dates and personal appearances through May for unspecified medical reasons.

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Aretha Franklin's Son Undergoing Surgery After Attack

Aretha Franklin's son, Eddie Franklin, is undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital after being severely beaten last night at a gas station in the Plymouth/Evergreen section of Detroit.  An eyewitness says there were three people inolved in the attack, two males and one female, all of African-American descent.  The female is described as being about 19 years old, brown-skinned, with short hair.  She was seen wearing blue jeans and a hoodie-like jacket.  One of the males involved was depicted as being around six feet tall, with a dark complexion and dreadlocks.

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