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Vigil held for Aretha Franklin as she prepares to undergo surgery

By Kev Hedges     Dec 2, 2010 in Entertainment
Detroit - A community in Detroit has gathered to hold a prayer vigil for Aretha Franklin as she prepares to undergo surgery. The legendary singer, dubbed the "Queen of Soul" needs to undergo a medical procedure for an undisclosed condition.
Just last month doctors had ordered the 68-year-old soul and jazz singer to cancel all her forthcoming concerts and personal appearances until May 2011. This order came just after she had spent a week in Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital for a 'serious illness', reports Mail Online.
The vigil had gathered to "say a little prayer" during Wednesday in downtown Detroit and had been organised by council representative Jo-Ann Watson. Franklin was not at the vigil but sent a statement of thanks to the city council. The medical procedure is expected to take place later on Thursday. It has not been revealed publicly what her condition is.
In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be entered in the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but this year has not been good for the legendary soul queen; three months ago, her second eldest son Edward was attacked by three men at a gas station in Detroit and in August she fell and broke two ribs in a fall, causing her to cancel tour dates with Condoleeza Rice.
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