Aretha Franklin is the latestcelebrity caught in the Internet death-hoax machine. Rumors that the Queen ofSoul had died started buzzing on the Web two days after Christmas. But arepresentative says Franklin is doing fine. The R & B legend isrecuperating after surgery earlier this month to treat pancreatic cancer.Rumors of Franklin's death come on the heels of reports that Charlie Sheen waskilled in a snowboarding accident. Not true. And rumors that pop singer AaronCarter died of a drug overdose. Carter used his Twitter account to assure fanshe's alive and rehearsing for a New Year's Eve show.
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