Fox News Apologizes for Using Patti LaBelle's Photo in Aretha Franklin Tribute

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 Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium in Chicago on March 23, 1992.

After Aretha Franklin passed away Thursday (Aug. 16) at the age of 76 due to pancreatic cancer, Fox News posted a highlight reel of the Queen of Soul's iconic interviews and performances. However, fans were swift to point out that on the slide noting Franklin's years of life, 1948-2018, there was a picture of Patti LaBelle.

Fox News issued an apology, explaining the error. “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News Vice President, Media Desk Jessica Santostefano said in a statement to People. “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."

However, as the publication pointed out, the image of LaBelle used was from her White House performance in 2014. Franklin is not in the original image.



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