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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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Aretha is ill and should not traveling.. Did everyone forget that? She does though have to continue to make a living for herself and her family. Do you honestly think she would have made it through a complete song? A. Keys, bless her heart, could barely do it. Emotionally it would not have been a good decision for her and as hard as it was, I'm sure, she needed to think about her health and her longevity.

985 days ago


There are two singers in this world who worship the ground Aretha walks on - Whitney and Mary J Blige. Aretha should be ashamed knowing that she was everything to Whitney. Aretha does AUNT RE RE ring a bell? Who gave you that name? What goes around comes around AUNT RE RE!!!

985 days ago

northern gypsy    

i watched the service live and was quit surprised that A.F. was a no show having committed to this bit of info...sorry it speaks volumes about her character...shame on you A.F.

985 days ago


shame shame shame on you Aretha ... you could have make a brief appearance at the funeral to pay your repects ... by performing at the concert hours later was insulting ... and shows your true colors ... what goes around, comes around.

985 days ago


Find out what it means to me
Take care, TCB

Guess she forgot her own song she should have been there even if for a few min. Out of RESPECT for the family since she was her godmother.Now we know what it means to her nothing.

985 days ago


Something seems weird to me. I wonder if there is some disagreement brewing between her and the family.

985 days ago


Aretha, showed lack of class to the Houston family...its called RESPECT to attend a funeral of a loved one!!A paid gig at Radio City is more important, I don't think so..

985 days ago


ahhh with age comes wisdom. She knew that funeral would be 4 hours and did not want to sit thru it.

985 days ago

big al    

& for anyone saying performances are how Aretha makes her money & the world shouldn't stop because Whitney passed understand that there are plenty of occasions for Aretha to make up a performance (I'm sure the audience would have understood & I doubt shes hurting for the money) but only one opportunity to honor her god-daughter at her funeral. For shame!

985 days ago


Wait...Wait...Wait.....Was Whitney Houston not her GODDAUGHTER? & Your were to sick to attend her FUNERAL??? HOWEVER................ you perform later that evening??????

985 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Unfortunately, addicts lose their friends and families well before they pass.........

985 days ago


These concerts are sometimes planned months even a year ahead. Tickets have been bought and paid for. Fans travel from all over the country to see this woman perform. I think she would be getting slated either way.

985 days ago


Maybe she just didn't like the woman. I have lots of "family", I don't go to all their funerals. Plus she's a huge woman, maybe she's embarrases she can't fit in the pews.

985 days ago


First Aretha could have told them before the funeral started... Completely caught them off guard... As for her being the godmother and Whitney was like a daughter..That blows me away she didnt show.. Maybe this is why Whitney died.. No one tried to intervene.. All to busy with themselves..

985 days ago


It's easy to say just cancel your concert for the funeral, but you can't just up and do that. there are major commitments, tickets are sold, Aretha is getting up there age wise, and if doing both would have been to hard on her then we should respect her decision. I'm sure the family understands completely.

985 days ago
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