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Aretha Recovering in Hospital

Soul legend suffered allergic reaction

March 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Aretha Franklin is recovering in Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital after being admitted on Saturday for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

The Queen of Soul was returning home after a tour and complained that she wasn't feeling well. According to reports, her blood platelet count dropped prompting her visit to the hospital. Franklin released a statement that read, "I am resting comfortably and responding very well."

Franklin, who won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance last month for "Wonderful" from last year's So Damn Happy, turns sixty-two tomorrow. No word has been given yet a to when she will be discharged.

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