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Aretha Franklin Cancels Tour

Soul legend had been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons

November 5, 2010 10:49 AM ET

Aretha Franklin has been released from Detroit's Sinai Grace Hospital after a brief stay for undisclosed health reasons — though she has cancelled all of her concert dates for the next six months on her doctor's orders. "I would like to thank my friends, fans and supporters for all the beautiful flowers and their many well wishes," she said in a statement.

The 68-year-old Franklin, whom Rolling Stone named the greatest singer of all-time in 2008, canceled two shows in August after breaking two ribs in a fall. In October 2009 she performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25 Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden.

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