US soul singer Aretha Franklin is “recovering and her spirits are high” after surgery for an undisclosed health issue, according to civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.
“She’s doing very well. She’s very prayerful. She’s a woman full of deep religious faith,” Jackson told the Detroit News after a private visit with Franklin at an undisclosed location on Friday.
Franklin’s publicist Tracey Jordan also refused to say what was ailing the 68-year-old singer, who last month canceled all her appearances until May.
Franklin said in a statement on Thursday that she had undergone “highly successful surgery” but no one has disclosed the nature of her illness.
REUTERSThe legendary singer of 1960s hits like Chain of Fools and Respect had continued a busy schedule of touring and recording until late October. In January 2009, she sang at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.