Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is recovering from surgery related to her pancreatic cancer diagnosis, is the latest celebrity to become the target of a death hoax. On the heels of R&B singer Teena Marie's sudden death, reports began circulating online Monday that Franklin had passed away. According to a source close to the singer, Franklin is alive and still recuperating from surgery. This celebrity-death-hoax phenomenon is out of control, and something should be done about it. There is freedom of speech and press, but this is ridiculous.

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