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The Journal Gazette

Friday, August 16, 2019 1:00 am


Franklin attitude praised

Associated Press

Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient.

Two doctors who treated the Queen of Soul say she handled her diagnosis and treatment with grace – and the grit to keep performing for years.

Franklin, who died in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018, at 76, had pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

Dr. Philip Philip and Dr. Manisha Shah say she didn't demand star treatment and was keen on doing whatever needed to be done. She also wanted to keep her music going as long as possible, which also impressed them.

Summer album

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Julie Newmar is 86. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 66. Director James Cameron is 65. Actress Angela Bassett is 61. Singer Madonna is 61. Actor Timothy Hutton is 59. Actor Steve Carell is 57. Actor George Stults is 44. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 39. Actor Cam Gigandet is 37. Actor Cameron Monaghan is 26.