Aretha Franklin undergoes ‘highly successful’ surgery

Singer thanks medical staff for their support

Aretha Franklin underwent “highly successful” surgery yesterday (December 2) in Detroit.

The singer has not revealed what condition she was suffering from, but she released a statement following the surgery to thank medical staff, reports BBC News.

She thanks staff who she said were “blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country”.

The day before the surgery took place fans had gathered in the US city to hold a prayer vigil for her. Her publicist has now said she is “very anxious to get back on the road to perform for her fans”.

Franklin had cancelled gigs in November on doctors’ advice.