Aretha Franklin says surgery ‘highly successful’

2010-12-03 09:22

Detroit – Soul singer Aretha Franklin underwent a “highly successful” surgery for an undisclosed health problem, the Queen of Soul said in a statement released by her spokesperson.

In early November, Franklin, 68 and a multiple Grammy Award-winner, cancelled her concert and personal appearances until May 2011 on the orders of her doctors. No reason was given, and her representatives have declined to disclose her illness.

“I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country,” Franklin said in a statement following her surgery.

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday afternoon that the Respect singer was “in good spirits and resting comfortably,” citing Franklin’s cousin, Brenda Corbett.

City Councillor JoAnn Watson had organised a prayer vigil for Franklin on Wednesday in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue by Detroit’s city hall.

“We are not prying into the circumstances, the details of the surgery,” Watson said. “We just wanted her to know that we stand with her in prayer and love and support.”

Franklin, who sang at US President Barack Obama’s inauguration last year, was admitted to a Detroit hospital in October for undisclosed reasons and released a few days later.

The singer also cancelled two concerts in the summer after sustaining minor injuries in a fall at her home.

She is a living legend of US soul music with a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s that included Chain of Fools, I Say a Little Prayer and I Never Loved a Man.

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