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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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16.

Kathy    

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.

941 days ago
17.

Ajalyn    

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!!!

941 days ago
18.

northern gypsy    

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

941 days ago
19.

noddafan    

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.

941 days ago
20.

Sarah     

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
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.

941 days ago
21.

Carl    

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

941 days ago
22.

CRAZYGIRL    

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..

941 days ago
23.

Penelope    

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

941 days ago
24.

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!

941 days ago
25.

KK    

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

941 days ago
26.

Rogue Warrior    

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

941 days ago
27.

Holly    

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.

941 days ago
28.

noel    

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.

941 days ago
29.

kathy    

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..

941 days ago
30.

IceGypsy    

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.

941 days ago
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