Aretha Franklin performs during McDonald's Gospelfest 2013 at the Prudential Center on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Aretha Franklin performing Saturday  in Newark, N.J. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut next week for health reasons, reported the Associated Press Monday. The singer, 71, will undergo treatment for an unspecified ailment during that time. Franklin was equally tight-lipped about a health scare, hospitalization and and surgery in 2010, but emerged 85 pounds lighter.

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