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Aretha Franklin’s Final Concert While Hiding Cancer Secret

'Extremely energetic' star rallied to come through for Elton John's AIDS benefit!

Aretha Franklin is seen here performing her final concert as part of a New York City benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation on November 7, 2017 — with the legendary diva struggling to come through for her fans one last time while battling pancreatic cancer. At the time, the famously outspoken Queen of Soul was still denying that her weight loss was linked to a “medical condition,” despite insiders having already told The National ENQUIRER that they feared the singer was battling the terminal illness that took her life on August 16, 2018. The brave star simply insisted that her “weight has been fluctuating due to a side effect” of medications, even as Aretha announced that she was giving up the road to retire in Detroit.