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Aretha Franklin

Calls in Sick to Whitney's Funeral

But Performs Hours Later

2/19/2012 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Aretha Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at the Whitney Houston funeral service.
Aretha Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at Whitney Houston's funeral service in New Jersey yesterday afternoon ... but was well enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall that night.

Aretha said she had been suffering from leg spasms and wanted to rest up for her show, rather than travel for the funeral. She released a statement, saying in part, "heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all."

The Queen of Soul dedicated a portion of her show to Whitney, and also to Nick Ashford, who passed away last August. 

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181.

stlrockn    

Aretha just wimped out after doing interviews saying she would sing. I think it blind sided Dionne Warwick too. Besides, have you heard Arethat sing lately? She ain't got it anymore. She struggles to hit those notes. Even fat Elvis
never lost his voice right until the end. Not her. A little less Popeye's chicken might help in the long run.

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182.

HumanNature    

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I'M SO GLAD THAT YOU CAN READ AND COMPREHEND!!!


SO WHAT THAT WHITNEY HOUSTON REFER TO THE "QUEEN" AS AUNTIE REE!!!


SINCE, THE "QUEEN" HAD HEALTH ISSUES EARLY IN THE DAY, THEN HER HEALTH COMES FIRST!!!!


TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE READING TOO MUCH INTO THIS!!!


HAVE ANYBODY EVER THOUGHT THAT THE "QUEEN" WAS PLANNING ON GOING BUT THE LEG CRAMPS CAME ON ALL OF A SUDDEN, MAKING HER TO MISS THE FUNERAL???


PEOPLE ARE TOO QUICK TO JUDGE ANOTHER!!!!


WHERE'S THE COMPASSION FOR THE "QUEEN"!!!


HAVE ANYBODY ON THIS GOSSIP BOARD EVER EXPERIENCE LEG CRAMPS????


APPARENTLY, NOT!!!


LEG CRAMPS HURT LIKE HELL AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO WALK!!!

875 days ago
183.

Reach Out Job Search    

@Human Nature,

Also, TYPING A ENTIRE REPLY is CAPITALIZED LETTERS and WORDS....is tacky and rude.


No wonder Aretha is your self-entited "Queen". Both of you are just ALIKE!


Meanwhile...Ms. Franklin will never be able to live down why she didn't show up at her "Niece"...(by the way...the quotes " " are for a REASON...i.e.-the late Whitney Houston wasn't Aretha Franklin's blood niece but, instead Whitney's "adopted Aunt".)


This is a COMMON PRACTICE in the African-American community, by the way that, has been going on since the days of slavery. Specifically, when children were orphaned by separation or family death....others in the area, town or community "adopted" family members....thus referencing them as "Nieces", "Sisters" "Brothers" or "Cousins", "Aunts" and "Uncles" although, they were NOT related by blood.


History is a heckva concept. Maybe you Human Nature should read some history books to gain further understanding of the African-American culture!


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875 days ago
184.

elizabeth    

I lost all respect for aretha.Franklin. she didn't go to her God daughters funeral because of her leg spasms but she could perform that night at a concert. It was your God daughters funeral! There are more important things than your concert.
I am sure if the fables were turned Whitney would have had more respect for you.

875 days ago
185.

HumanNature    

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I TYPE FOR "ME" NOT YOU!!!


MAYBE, IT'S CUSTOMARY IN YOUR FAMILY BUT NOT IN "ALL" BLACK COMMUNITIES!!!


SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE "BLACK" COMMUNITIES AT LARGE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

875 days ago
186.

HumanNature    

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THOSE "ADOPTED" FAMILY MEMBERS AS YOU REFER TO THEM DO NOT MAKE ANY DECIDING DECISION WHEN A PERSON DIES!!!!!


THAT IS DONE BY THE "IMMEDIATE" FAMILY, ONLY!!!!

875 days ago
187.

Ohjamey    

I think she should of has a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Whitney and her family...I am sure Whitney's family would of liked her support...Being Whitney's Godmother you would think this would be a priority...I guess gettin money is more important SMH...

875 days ago
188.

bagladey    

Aretha clearly said in her statement that she could not make the funeral in order to be fit enough for her concert the same night.

875 days ago
189.

Reach Out Job Search    

@Human Nature,

Right...and you show in using RUDELY INAPPROPRIATE CAPITALIZED LETTERS and WORDS, the ignorance of those who choose not to use proper English and Grammar in a online forum setting. Keep doing what you do best :).....


Also, since I'm African-American...."Black" is not a race or ethnic term....its' a color.


African-Americans (the proper ethnic term for my culture) in general, skin contain mixes of many colors including Brown, Caramel, Butterscotch, Chocolate and Dark Chocolate...what beautiful combination of colors we are....but we are not black.


Get that straight first "Human Nature"....then we can talk. Until then, I have little time nor energy to waste on uneducated individuals....


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875 days ago
190.

lookItsMegRyan    

Why disappoint thousands of fans to sing for someone who is dead and won't be able to hear her anyway? Makes no sense. Maybe she thought a star studded spectacle wasn't appropriate for a funeral.

875 days ago
191.

Reach Out Job Search    

What???

HumanNature: 8 minutes ago
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THOSE "ADOPTED" FAMILY MEMBERS AS YOU REFER TO THEM DO NOT MAKE ANY DECIDING DECISION WHEN A PERSON DIES!!!!!

THAT IS DONE BY THE "IMMEDIATE" FAMILY, ONLY!!!!

Huh...no one "decides" exactly when a person is going to die really but the Almighty. So, again....the lack of education, history and meanings behind religious beliefs....speaks highly above in your "statement"...if that's what it was.....


Have a wonderful Sunday....I guess.


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875 days ago
192.

THIN LIZZY    

Aretha saw it was going to be a big circus and wanted no part of it. Good for you lady, you chose right.

875 days ago
193.

thedash    

And keep in mind she was only going to perform one song at the funeral. She did an entire show at Radio City. I'm sure she had her reasons, but on the surface, it doesn't look good. I thought she would at least show up and support her friend.

No, life does go on, it doesn't stop cuz one person passed on. I agree with that.

875 days ago
194.

jordii    

Seems to me that if their relationship meant so much to her as per her interview I saw then she should have cancelled her own show.

875 days ago
195.

Jackie    

Karma is a b!!tch. Just wait Aretha

875 days ago
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