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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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Kartrashian Klown    

That was in bad taste to not attend a personal friend's funeral due to being "sick" but later on do a full concert, that is so sad.

894 days ago
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Tawnya    

She didn't have to cancel either. It was one song for the funeral. They consider this woman family. If Bobby hadn't showed then went to his concert everyone would hate on him but Aretha does it and it's fine? I don't think so. We choose what matters n this life and clearly, family came in last to Aretha. Sad.

894 days ago
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Maria     

What a great friend .I would like to have her for a friend of mine...... ha ! she is rich she can cancel the show and be in her funeral .

894 days ago
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Kabala    

How many people on this board actually know Aretha/Whitney/Cissy? It is kind of odd that Aretha didn't go to the funeral but we may not know the whole story.

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PrimaDiva    

Aretha is the only one of them with a career. Shes a professional. She did what was right. Period. No offense to the living or the dead.

894 days ago
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Maria     

A Michigan man burns NJ flag over Houston tribute his son die in the war !

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Piquebu    

She was on CNN saying she was unsure what she was going to sing at the funeral. She knew darned well she wasn't going to go.

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FACINGREALITY    

I think a lot of people are missing the fact that Aretha spoke out and said that Bobby Brown needs to step up and be a father to his daughter. All the while Cissy Houston and her family are wanting Bobby to stay as far away as possible from Bobbi Kristina. I would think that Aretha speaking up for Bobby Brown could have caused a rift (or argument) between her and Cissy with Aretha deciding (or Cissy) that her attending the funeral was not such a good idea. What surprised me was that the media had already reported that Arthea was not going to attend but apparently someone forgot to tell Dionne Warwick.

894 days ago
249.

TheVolleyballGod    

who knows maybe this fat old bag was the first to introduce young Whitney to weed way back when and felt guilty

894 days ago
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JusticeForAll    

I suspect Aretha knows this family far better than we do and made her choice. Aretha is not a young woman anymore and had prior commitments. Sometimes the best choices are the ones that put you in an unfavorable light to some.

894 days ago
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Sara    

Everyone knows Aretha hates to fly. She takes motor coaches to her concerts. She is also not in good health. Maybe she wasn't able to travel to both and had already committed to her concert venue. We know nothing about her relationship with Whitney, but Aretha is still the Queen of Soul. And she deserves R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

894 days ago
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txcn    

Funerals are to humor the living. The dead don't care one way or another who was there and who wasn't. The lady was there for Whitney when she was alive that's all that really matters.

894 days ago
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Telma    

She does have health issues!

894 days ago
254.

Tikoboy    

Well, well, well. This fat pig sure did have plenty of time to hit the interview circuit this week, didn't she? She looked pretty healthy to me in those.

893 days ago
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LJDawson    

I think she did the right thing doing her show, she can always catch Whitneys next funeral..oh wait...

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