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Aretha Franklin taking June off

Aretha Franklin has announced she is rescheduling her tour so she can take off the month of June.

A spokesman for the 71-year-old singer says Aretha will reschedule two shows and resume her touring schedule in July.

Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details.

Aretha announced earlier this month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut this week to undergo medical treatment. She did not specify what type of treatment she was receiving.

Aretha appeared on the season finale of American Idol last week via satellite, singing a medley of her hits with the show's female finalists.

The singer previously cancelled shows for medical reasons in 2010, when she was hospitalised for several weeks, leading to rumours she was being treated for pancreatic cancer, which she denied.

It was then rumoured that she had undergone gastric bypass surgery because of the dramatic weight loss she experienced in 2011, but Aretha never commented on these claims.

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