Diva Aretha Franklin is battling Cancer. According to a report from family and friends close to Aretha, they are "very concerned," but say she is doing "okay." Family expressed hopes that fans of Aretha, 68, will send prayers and good thoughts.

This National Enquirer story (not available online) is cited saying Franklin's Cancer is Pancreatic. The same report notes sources saying Aretha has less than a year to live.

Though the Enquirer is known for its often-outlandish take on unbiased journalism, it should be noted that the publication was the first in the world to report Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon's battles with Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that has a less than 10 percent survival rate and ultimately killed both actors. They also blew the lid off Christina Applegate's Breast Cancer scare in 2008.

Aretha Franklin, born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, is the singer of hits like 'Respect,' 'Chain of Fools,' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.'