Thursday, February 16, 2012
Whitney Houston To Be Laid To Rest Saturday
Whitney Houston is going home one last time.
The singer, who passed away at age 48 in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room last Saturday, will be laid to rest in New Jersey where she grew up exactly one week later (Feb. 18th). Unlike Michael Jackson's funeral, Houston's will be a private service to be held in the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark where Whitney first showcased her golden voice as an 11-year old member of the choir.
There were reports of a public funeral service at the 18,000 seat Prudential center on Friday to be followed by the Saturday service, but the family nixed the idea of a public spectacle. There will be no public funeral procession to the church and police advised fans not to gather around the vicinity.
Cameras have been allowed inside the church, however. The funeral will be streamed live online and broadcast live on CNN beginning at 11 a.m. Whitney's godmother Aretha Franklin is expected to perform.