Singer Aretha Franklin is 69 today, March 25th

Franklin reportedly was treated for pancreatic cancer when she was hospitalized last year, but she later denied those reports and has not publicly revealed what was ailing her. In February she appeared in a video at the Grammys thanking fans for their support. She told interviewer Wendy Williams on March 2 she is “feeling wonderful,” and would only say that a sharp pain led her to seek medical treatment.