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Aretha Franklin calls her surgery a success

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. A community prayer vigil was held in Detroit for Aretha Franklin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, a day before organizers say the singing legend is to undergo a medical procedure. FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. A community prayer vigil was held in Detroit for Aretha Franklin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, a day before organizers say the singing legend is to undergo a medical procedure. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
AP Music Writer / December 2, 2010

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NEW YORK—Aretha Franklin says her surgery was "highly successful" and thanks well-wishers for their prayers. In a statement released Thursday to The Associated Press, the Queen of Soul says: "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 did not say what she was being treated for Thursday.

Last month, the 68-year-old singer announced she was canceling all concert dates and personal appearances through May on the orders of her doctors.