On Tuesday (Nov. 21) morning, a Twitter account posted that music legend Aretha Franklin passed away. However, like the account that said this, the tweet was 100% fake.
"It Is With Sad News That We Announce The Passing Of The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin 1942-2017#RipArethaFranklin #ArethaFranklin," the phony account, which calls itself Franklin's official page, said. When fans of the legend saw this message, they immediately got scared. Could the Queen Of Soul be gone? But, don't worry because Franklin is still very much alive and kicking.
“Good Morning, Everyone. I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin’s family friends in my hometown of Detroit,” entertainment reporter Shaun Robinson tweeted. “They spoke to Aretha moments ago and asked me to tell you please don’t believe this news that was trending. Have a good day.”
So, in other words...
Franklin is doing just fine, folks. And some words of advice: Next time you see a tweet about something as serious as this news, make sure it's not from a suspect account.
The one that tweeted this false Franklin news spells the star's last name wrong (there's only one "n" at the end of Franklin's name, not two), only has a couple dozen followers and the page was just created this month -- most likely this morning... only to troll and tweet this fake news.
God willing, 2017 ain't taking our Queen of Soul!
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