By Randy Lewis
6:03 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
Aretha Franklin has canceled two scheduled performances later this month because of treatment she’s undergoing for an undisclosed medical condition, the Associated Press reports.
The Grammy Award-laden R&B-soul-gospel singer is forgoing her appearance May 20 with the Chicago Symphony, a “Corporate Night” fundraiser for the group, under doctor’s orders, according to an announcement posted on the Chicago Symphony website. Janelle Monae will sub for Franklin at the event.
The 71-year-old singer will also miss a May 26 date at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
It’s not the first time Franklin has missed shows for medical reasons without revealing specifics. In 2010 she was hospitalized for several weeks, leading to rampant rumors she was being treated for pancreatic cancer, reports she denied.
Other media outlets subsequently speculated that she’d undergone gastric bypass surgery because of the dramatic weight loss she experienced in 2011, but Franklin never confirmed those reports either.
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