Lynrd.com: American singer songwriter and pianist Aretha Franklin, who was supposed to perform at Whitney Houston’s funeral, cancelled her performance on February 19, 2012. The representative of the singer said that the Queen of Soul had fallen ill.
Franklin was healthy enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall later on the same night. Certain media reports suggested that the singer cancelled her performance due to leg spasms.
Aretha released a statement which said that her heart goes to her dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. The singer sung a tribute to Houston on February 17, at Radio City Music Hall, just a night before the memorial service.
Whitney’s funeral service was indeed star studded and was a brief and a private one. The attendees witnessed moving speeches from Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry and also included some performances from R Kelly, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder that moved the audiences. The funeral was held at the New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney used to sing as a child in the choir. The funeral was an invitation only ceremony and wasn’t open for the fans. Houston was buried besides her father , who passed away in the year 2003.