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- Posted on Feb 9th 2010 7:00PM by Benjy Eisen
On February 5, Clinton suffered a second significant loss to his extended P-Funk family with the passing of singer Mahlia Franklin. A back-up singer for various P-Funk configurations, Franklin became lead singer for Parlet, an all-female Parliament offshoot that was originally conceived by Clinton as a sister group to Brides of Funkenstein.
Franklin introduced several key players to the tangled P-Funk web, including Bootsy Collins and Walter "Junie" Morrison, both of whom would become true all-stars. "Mahlia Franklin's contributions to P-Funk are monumental," spokesperson Chuck Haber told CelebStoner on Sunday. "Mahlia was fronting her own band, Queen of Funk & the Funk Disciples, doing what she loved when she suffered a massive stroke shortly before taking it to the stage."
And finally -- we hope -- this past December, Clinton, age 68, lost his mother, Julious G. Keaton. Tragically, despite his legacy as a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Clinton struggled publicly to be able to afford her a proper burial.