Aretha Franklin Won't Sing at Whitney Houston Funeral
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Aretha Franklin is no longer planning to sing at the funeral for Whitney Houston.
Franklin had been expected to sing. A person close to the Houston family but not authorized to speak on the record says Franklin is no longer planning to attend because she is sick. Franklin performed Friday and is scheduled to give another concert Saturday night.
A revised program for the service lists Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly among those who will sing at Saturday's service in Newark, N.J.
Houston, who was 48, died Feb. 11 in California, the day before the Grammy awards. About 1,500 guests are expected to attend the private service including music mogul Clive Davis.
A gospel choir was rehearsing in the church hours before the service, and roses and lilies surround the pulpit.
Update: Franklin was suffering from "terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles," the soul singer said in a statement, adding: "My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all."
Franklin later tweeted that her Saturday night Radio City Music Hall show was "still on."