Sunday, June 16, 2024

Aretha, Say A Little Prayer: She’s Home from the Hospital


Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul and dear friend, is home from the hospital and she’s ok.

Miss Franklin granted JET Magazine a short interview so we know she’s feeling better. She told the mag:

“I feel great. The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn’t mean any concerts or anything like that. But I can do things around the house, and today I am just piddling around the house.”

She’s going to go through eight weeks of recuperation and rest. Says Aretha: “I am putting Aretha together first. We will put Ree Ree together first. This is Aretha time to do whatever it is that I need to do. But I will talk more later.”

Countless celebrities have sent her messages of support  including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Condoleezza Rice, Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.
She tells JET:  “There were so many people. I might not remember everyone’s name right this moment, but please, I want them know I appreciate their prayers.”

Aretha tells the magazine that she’s been relaxing by catching up on her reading, and going through her messages. “It is good to sit up, too. I also might make one or two business calls.  Not too much, just a teeny bit.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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