A spokeswoman for Aretha Franklin says the singing legend's son has been severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit.
Gwendolyn Quinn says in a statement that Eddie Franklin was attacked Monday night and was undergoing surgery at a Detroit-area hospital.
But Detroit police say Eddie Franklin wasn't at the hospital when investigators stopped by.
Police spokeswoman Eren Stephens says he "walked out on his own."
Stephens says investigators want to talk to Eddie Franklin about the circumstances of the incident.
Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, is one of the most honored musicians in American history, having won numerous Grammys; the National Medal of Arts; the Presidential Medal of Freedom and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.