Why Aretha Franklin Didn’t Perform At Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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Aretha Franklin was unable to attend goddaughter Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark, New Jersey today (February 18th) due to leg spasms resulting from a concert the night before.

“I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days,” Franklin said in a statement, according to People Magazine

“I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all. – Aretha & the Franklin Family.”

At her Radio City Musical Hall concert last night in New York, Franklin blew the roof off the house with her greatest hits and a moving tribute to Houston.  “I would like to acknowledge the passing of one of the greatest singers that ever stood behind a microphone,” Franklin told the audience, which included Clive Davis, L.A. Reid and Jesse Jackson

“She’s moved on up just a little bit higher now. And we don’t wonder where she is. One of the last songs she sung is ‘Jesus Loves Me.’ When God is for you, who can be against you? That’s all that matters.” 

Watch the livestream of Whitney Houston’s funeral here

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