Aretha Franklin released from hospital, at home for the holidays

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Aretha Franklin has been released from a Detroit hospital following recent surgery for an undisclosed condition, according to a statement issued Thursday by the singer’s spokeswoman, Tracey Jordan.

Since she entered the hospital, Detroit news outlets have widely reported that she has been battling pancreatic cancer. The statement said that her doctors deemed her surgery “highly successful,” and that she is expecting to spend the holidays at home with her family.

“I’ve been at home for almost three days now,” Franklin said in the statement. “My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I’m hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of ‘Dreamgirls’ at the FOX before it closes.”

-- Randy Lewis