She's forced to cancel free gigs

Aretha Franklin has been forced to cancel two free New York shows after breaking two ribs in a fall.

She had been set to play two gigs in Brooklyn, at Wingate Park on August 9 and as part of the Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series on August 12, but has now shelved the concerts, reports the Detroit News. As well as the two broken ribs the fall resulted in abdominal pain for the singer.

Franklin commented that she is planning to reschedule the shows soon, saying: “I was very much looking forward to being in Brooklyn and having a foot-long hot dog at Coney Island.” She added: “Hopefully, I will get it before the end of August.”

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