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August 20, 2013

Aretha Franklin says she's 85 percent healed

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin won't say what has caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Franklin told The Associated Press that she recently had a CAT scan and that it showed she was 85 percent improved.

The 71-year-old singer has canceled several concerts and public appearances and blamed it on unspecified treatment.

When asked what her health concern was, Franklin declined to provide specifics, saying: "I'm not one to go into my personal health things."

But she said it was very common to women and partly related to the health concern she had about three years ago that led her to cancel shows.

Franklin said she's been resting and hopes to perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York in February.

 

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