Aretha Franklin to Undergo Surgery for Undisclosed Reason

Soul singer Aretha Franklin was scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday for an undisclosed reason, a Detroit City Council member who organized a prayer vigil for the "Queen of Soul" said on Thursday.

Franklin, 68, a multiple Grammy award winner, in early November canceled her concert and personal appearances until May 2011 on the orders of her doctors.

Councilwoman JoAnn Watson said she organized a prayer vigil held on Wednesday for the singer to bring "people who know and love and admire Ms. Franklin" together before the surgery.

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Franklin gave permission for the vigil and even picked the location, in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue by Detroit's city hall, Watson said.

"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."

A publicist for Franklin said the singer sent a letter of thanks to supporters for the vigil. The publicist declined further comment.

Franklin, who sang at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, was admitted to a Detroit hospital in October for undisclosed reasons and released a few days later.

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

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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