Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows Due to Illness

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Aretha Franklin continues to battle an unknown illness and is forced to cancel additional shows.

Aretha Franklin has been forced to cancel more shows due to an ongoing illness.

The New York Daily News reports that the legendary soul singer received doctor's orders to stay home.

What does this mean for fans? The singer has axed shows at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna, Virginia and two New York shows at Radio City Music Hall — including a highly anticipated performance with Tony Bennett who will celebrate his 90th birthday with a legends concert.

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This is not the first time Franklin has canceled shows due to illness. ESSENCE has reported in 2010, the now 74-year-old singer was hospitalized after fracturing a rib from a fall. 

2011 gave way to a healthier and more vibrant Franklin who was quoted as saying the side effects from her treatment were rough, “but everything is good now, good to go.” 

By 2013 the cycle of illness and recovery repeated itself again. The singer canceled a string of shows to undergo additional medical treatment that she continues to work through today.

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