According to Glenn Cosby’s V-103, a social media post from Clinton Coleman claimed that the legendary singer “is fighting stomach cancer, suffered a stroke and her body is rejecting a kidney transplant she recently had!”
Now, RadarOnline claims Turner wants her last goodbye to be bigger than Aretha Franklin’s.
“They were heated rivals in life, and Tina’s not about let her upstage her in death!” a source told RadarOnline.com.
The songstress herself has admitted, “I don’t mind the thought of dying,” and insiders claim she wants to go out in style.
“Tina wants this to be the grandest funeral in pop culture history,” an insider said. “If she has to go, she wants to make sure her send-off eclipses Aretha’s!”
According to legend, Franklin, who died on Aug. 16, and Turner had a feud that allegedly began with rumors that the Queen of Soul had an affair with Turner’s abusive husband Ike Turner — before the couple’s 1978 divorce.
Franklin and Ike are said to have continued their lovefest well into the ’80s when Turner’s comeback album, “Private Dancer,” knocked Aretha off the charts.
Years later, Franklin was left perturbed when Beyoncé dubbed Turner “The Queen” at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
The “Respect” singer even had her publicist issue a statement slamming the remark as a “cheap shot.”
Turner fired back and said of Franklin, “Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one.”
“They never had a good relationship,” said the source. “Tina sees her swan song as an opportunity to kick a little dirt on her rival’s grave.”
Meanwhile, Radar’s insiders believe Turner’s health woes mean her days are numbered. She’s reportedly using the time to plan her memorial so that it tops Franklin’s $300,000 homegoing.
“Tina’s picking out a designer wardrobe for her to wear while she’s lying in repose, a custom hearse, a string of performers and an amazing gravesite that will overshadow Aretha’s,” said the source. “It will be Tina’s last and biggest show ever!”