People Aretha Franklin

February 17, 2012 - 11:45 AM
In this July 26, 2010 photo, performer Aretha Franklin looks out a window, in Philadelphia. Franklin says she believed Whitney Houston had overcome her demons and was primed for a comeback, which made learning of the troubled singer's death all the more of a shock. Interviewed on NBC's "Today" show Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, Franklin said she was watching TV in her hotel room in Charlotte, N.C., when she learned of Houston's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)