Gladys was attending Aretha’s funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation. Gladys says they happened to be staying in the same hotel, and when they sat down to chat, she says … “At that time we shared the fact that we had the same disease.”
Billboard gives a bit more detail:
“The last time I talked to her, we were at the same hotel and we didn’t know it,” she said. “I know her crew and family. She knows my crew and family.” She explained that Franklin requested Knight come see her immediately. “I went down. I said, ‘ReRe, what you doing out here?’ And we just got to talking and everything and at that time we shared that fact that we had the same disease.”
No word yet on how advanced the disease is.
UPDATE: Now Knight’s manager Javier Delgado is refuting the claim, telling the Detroit News, that Knight does not have cancer and that he wasn’t sure what she meant by the comment.
“Maybe she meant she feels her pain. But she does not have cancer,” Delgado said.
Hmmm. More news as it develops.
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