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Singer Aretha Franklin Bows Out of Whitney Houston’s Funeral Due To Illness UPDATED

Aretha Franklin Falls Ill before Whitney Houston Funeral

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Singer Aretha Franklin Bows Out of Whitney Houston’s Funeral Due to Illness

UPDATE: Aretha Franklin says she can’t attend Whitney Houston’s funeral because of her health.

Franklin had been expected to sing at the service Saturday in Newark, N.J. She tells The Associated Press she has been having foot and leg problems. She gave a concert Friday and says her legs locked up late into the night.

She says she sends best wishes to Houston’s relatives. Franklin is close with the family. Houston lovingly called her “Aunt Ree.”