Cousin: Aretha Franklin Set For Hospital Release

Aretha Franklin performs after she was inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater in New York City on June 14, 2010 Aretha Franklin performs after she was inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater in New York City on June 14, 2010

Aretha Franklin’s cousin says the ailing legendary singer is “doing better than doctors expected” and expects to be released from the hospital thisweekend.

Brenda Corbett tells the Detroit Free Press for a Thursday story that Franklin “has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer.”

Franklin announced last week that she had undergone a surgical procedure. Neither she nor her publicist have said what is ailing the 68-year-old Queen of Soul.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he visited Franklin four or five times and her spirits “are high and her faith is strong.”

Franklin last month canceled all concert dates and personal appearances through May on doctors’ orders.

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