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Aretha Franklin 'doing fine,' leaves hospital

The Queen of Soul was released from the hospital on the eve of her 62nd birthday after being treated for a blood disorder.
/ Source: Reuters

Pop diva Aretha Franklin, who suffers from hypertension, was released from a Detroit hospital Wednesday, a day before her 62nd birthday.

“She’s being discharged right now,” Dr. Claud Young, Franklin’s longtime personal physician, told Reuters.

“She responded very well to her treatment and she’s doing just fine,” he added.

He said the Motown legend had been in the Sinai-Grace Hospital since Saturday for treatment of a low platelet count, a blood disorder that can lead to hemorrhaging.

The temporary disorder was caused either by a virus or an allergic reaction to antibiotics Franklin had taken earlier, Young said.

The condition triggered a rash-like skin outbreak that Young described as “superficial capillary bleeding” but he added that it was not related to Franklin’s hypertension.

“She’s got that under control,” he said.

“Oh yes, she’ll be there tomorrow,” Young added, saying Franklin planned to celebrate her birthday with friends and family in her Detroit-area home Thursday.

The Memphis-born performer, who first grabbed the spotlight in the 1960s with hits such as “Respect,” “Think” and “A Natural Woman,” won a Grammy in February for best traditional R&B vocal performance for “Wonderful,” a single off her latest release, “So Damn Happy.”

Last year, she completed a nationwide concert tour, “The Queen is On.”