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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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76.

dd    

So what Aretha does have health problems, maybe she couldn't deal with a funeral...Stop starting crap, you don't know what happened..maybe someone insulted her like they did Bobby.

790 days ago
77.

concerned    

aretha acted like she was so concerned about whitney obviously she was talking out the side of her mouth and wanted publicity and never had any intentions of attending whitney's furneral, what a miraculous recovery in time for her to do her concert.

790 days ago
78.

dreamon    

If she could perform, she could go to the funeral. She should have sucked it up and went.
BTW, here narcisissm is well do***ented.

790 days ago
79.

concerned    

aretha acted like she was so concerned about whitney obviously she was talking out the side of her mouth and wanted publicity and never had any intentions of attending whitney's furneral, what a miraculous recovery in time for her to do her concert.

790 days ago
80.

concerned    

aretha acted like she was so concerned about whitney obviously she was talking out the side of her mouth and wanted publicity and never had any intentions of attending whitney's furneral, what a miraculous recovery in time for her to do her concert.

790 days ago
81.

leslie    

I think aretha was overwhelmed with everything. She knew whitney and loved her.

790 days ago
82.

loveyouwhitney    

A lot of these artists rely on their performances as therapy to get them through a hard time, that's how they cope. Bobby Brown said that. So it looks insensitive to others, but they are mourning in their own way. Still, it seems to me that Aretha could have found a way to show up even for a few minutes, especially since she found a way to go to her own show. Overall, I think it was lousy of her even though I'm trying to see both sides of the situation.

790 days ago
83.

dd    

Ok Whitney died suddenly, contracts were made way before her death, Aretha has health problems she almost died last year herself. When she travels she does not travel far and she does not take planes. Only she knows why she cancelled but I'm sure it was a damn good reason and none of our business...she honored her in her own way.

790 days ago
84.

ken    

THIS HEARTLESS WITCH SHOULD OF DIED YEARS AGO...SHE IS A NOBODY...HER TIME HAS PASSED...DIE BITCH DIE

790 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

i say good for franklin.she is one of the ones that didnt feel the need to sing at a funeral just for attention and to put herself over.

790 days ago
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LYRIC0949    

I have lost all respect for Aretha! She showed a lack of class and respect for the feelings of the Houston family. She is a self centered person that only cares about herself. I hope when she dies Cissy doesn't show up! (The old B!tch needs to sit down and stay down!)

790 days ago
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Wendy A.    

I believe she was probably uninvited to the funeral as she appeared on the Piers Morgan Show the night before, and I cannot imagine the family was too happy about her appearance on that show.

790 days ago
88.

Lin    

The church is only 15 miles from Radio City Music Hall. She couldn't travel? That isn't traveling.

790 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

She should do whatever she wants and not be dictated to by society. Funerals are for the living, not all the living feel the need to make a spectacle or put their grief on display for others to judge.

790 days ago
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Ihearttmz    

You would think she would have cancelled the concert in advance knowing the funeral was coming up! At least Bobby Brown came and paid his respects and left. She wasn't missed anyway cause they did not realize she was not there til they called her to come up and speak.

790 days ago
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