Aretha Explains Why She Missed Whitney's Funeral

by 10:00 AM PST, February 18, 2012
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Whitney Houston's godmother, Aretha Franklin, was unfortunately unable to attend the music legend's funeral services in Newark, NJ due to leg spasms, Franklin tells PEOPLE.

"Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney's service today," said Aretha in a statement.

"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."

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"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."

Whitney Houston's Funeral - The Tributes

The Queen of Soul performed a moving tribute to Whitney at Radio City Music Hall in New York city last night, addressing the star-studded crowd with the following words.

"I would like to acknowledge the passing of one of the greatest singers that ever stood behind a microphone. 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."

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