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Posted at 7:35 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Aretha Franklin calls surgery a success

By Liz Kelly

Aretha Franklin. (Reflections Photography)

[Updated throughout at 7:33 p.m. ET]

Aretha Franklin is resting comfortably following surgery on Thursday.

In a statement released to the Associated Press, the Queen of Soul says the procedure was "highly successful" and thanks well wishers for their prayers: "God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country."

Franklin still hasn't disclosed the reason for her surgery.

A cousin, Brenda Corbett, told the Detroit Free Press that the medical procedure took place around 5 a.m. on Thursday in Detroit, but that she did not know how long Franklin would remain hospitalized.

"She's doing really really good," said Corbett.

A prayer vigil was held Wednesday night in Detroit, attracting a modest turnout. Detroit city councilwoman JoAnn Watson led the gathering and invited fans of the legendary singer to say prayers from home. Watson added that Franklin was in good spirits.

Last month, the legendary singer canceled all of her tour dates through May, citing health concerns.

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In July, The Post's Ann Midgette reviewed Franklin's performance with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Sources: AP, Detroit Free Press, E! Online

By Liz Kelly  | December 2, 2010; 7:35 PM ET
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Comments

I hope all goes well and she's feeling better soon!

Posted by: talleyl | December 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I pray that the Queen has successful surgery and a speedy recovery! God Bless her and her family!

Posted by: lilahkelly | December 2, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Hope all goes well for Aretha, always love to hear her sing!!!!!

Posted by: oneman2rods | December 2, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little scared for her and this surgery, let's be honest she is obese and a person in that condition has serious risk, where surgery is concerned. The "Queen of Soul" has been putting on weight for years, apparently none of her friends were willing to say something, anything, to persuade her to slim down, i'm praying that all goes as she and i'm sure all would agree is a national treasure.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

In jaybbub's absence, Thursday love to the Queen. We look forward to hearing you sing again.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I pray that the Queen's surgery will make it ALL right.

Posted by: menselle | December 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Aretha Franklin you have given so much happiness to so many people! Godspeed in your recovery!

Posted by: rexreddy | December 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Aretha Franklin: you have given so much happiness to so many people! Godspeed in your recovery!

Posted by: rexreddy | December 2, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Could that "undisclosed condition" be related to morbid obesity? I fear that our health care system in the United States is going to collapse as the millions of morbidly-obese citizens require extensive hospitalization and outpatient care.

The problem of obesity is no longer a personal issue. It's a societal issue that can't be ignored simply because it is an embarrassing topic to those who are obese.

Posted by: xerocada | December 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

? Gastric Bypass?

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

To all those who have commented on obesity here ... more and more research is showing that obesity is not exactly as simple as most would believe. It seems to be a complex condition of many factors. Obesity at its simplest is taking in more calories than the body needs to run on with the excess stored as fat tissue. Beyond that, it gets much more complicated. I'm sure Ms. Franklin could testify to the situation far better than the armchair diagnosticians.

And as a national treasure who has entertained us for years ... let's all wish her speedy recovery and better health.

Posted by: littleoldlady | December 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

luv ya Re RE, get well soon!

Posted by: honkytonky1 | December 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Aretha Franklin is the best! Hope she's out of the hospital ASAP with full speedy recovery.

Posted by: cococo | December 2, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

all best wishes & good thoughts for the Queen of Soul ... there is no one like her.

Posted by: fendertweed | December 2, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ms Franklin, I pray you a speedy recovery and a long life still ahead of you. You have always brought a lot of joy into our hearts when sing from your heart. God Bless.

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 2, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Ms Franklin, I pray you a speedy recovery and a long life still ahead of you. You have always brought a lot of joy into our hearts when singing from your heart. God Bless.

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 2, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I thank God Aretha's surgery was a success and pray her recovery will be uneventful and speedy. I have to admit, when I heard she was having an undisclosed procedure I was hoping it is bariatric surgery because she is dangerously obese which is not good for her heart. We love you, Aretha, and want you to live a long, long time to continue blessing us with that God-given voice of yours!

Posted by: gitouttahere | December 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

As long as she can still sing as well as she always has, the type of surgery she had isn't any of my business.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 3, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

R-E-S-P-E-C-T her privacy.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 3, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Full body Liposuction??? ... or did she choke on a T-bone steak?

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | December 3, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

To dargregmag - How do you know if her friends have mentioned concern over her weight or not? Quit putting the burden of her losing weight on her friends and family - it's not their responsibility that a grown adult is at a healthy weight. Her friends can't make her decide to lose weight - that is a decision she has to make for herself.

Posted by: julie_sapp_gt | December 3, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

To dargregmag - How do you know if her friends have mentioned concern over her weight or not? Quit putting the burden of her losing weight on her friends and family - it's not their responsibility that a grown adult is at a healthy weight. Her friends can't make her decide to lose weight - that is a decision she has to make for herself.

Posted by: julie_sapp_gt | December 3, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

to all you turds bleating about the expense of treating obesity - i'm quite sure ms. franklin can pay for whatever treatment she needs. creeps.

Posted by: blakem | December 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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