Aretha Franklin cancels appearance after son injured in attack
Aretha Franklin has pulled out of a show at the Kansas City Power and Light Entertainment District tonight (9/26) to tend to the aftermath of an attack on her son in Detroit this week that left him hospitalized.
The show, a kickoff celebration marking one year until the opening of the city's new arts venue, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, will go on with Chaka Kahn replacing Franklin.
Eddie Franklin, 52, was attacked and beaten at a Detroit gas station on Monday night, according to local media reports. The extent of his injuries is the subject of contradictory statements, with hospital officials saying his injuries did not require surgery, while Aretha Franklin insists otherwise, saying his treatment included surgery to wire his jaw shut.
According to local media reports, details of the incident have been slow to emerge and police have stated that Franklin's son has not formally reported the incident, hampering their efforts to investigate. Aretha Franklin countered those statements with a press statement of her own late this week challenging police portrayal of her son as uncooperative in the investigation.
Officials at the Kauffman Center issued a statement expressing sympathies to Franklin and her family, adding, "We look forward to welcoming Aretha Franklin back to Kansas City to grace one of the stages in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts during our inaugural season."
Because of the change in headliners, the center is offering refunds to ticketholders who purchased tickets for the Aretha Franklin performance.