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NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – A private funeral will be held Saturday for Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church while a two-day, public memorial will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Officials from the Whigham Funeral Home and the Prudential Center confirmed the details of Houston’s funeral arrangements Tuesday morning. The Prudential Center says exact dates and times of the two-day memorial will be decided later today.
Carolyn Whigham, owner of the funeral home said the late singer’s funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Houston’s childhood church. There will be no wake.
Fans and mourners have been gathering outside Whigham Funeral Home since Houston’s body arrived there sometime after 11 p.m. Monday, the same funeral home that handled the arrangements for Houston’s father back in 2003.
Her body was flown from Los Angeles by a private jet, accompanied by her mother and her cousin, Dionne Warwick, among other friends and family.
Photos: Remembering Whitney Houston
After landing at Teterboro Airport , a golden hearse carrying her casket received a police escort to the funeral home, a final trip for the beloved musical icon whose soaring voice captured souls around the world.
“She was very well-loved and I just felt that I needed to be here,” said John Willis from Passaic.
There has been an outpouring of love from fans outside the funeral home and outside New Hope Baptist Church where Houston got her start singing in the church choir.
Fans have been playing music and leaving cards and candles for the fallen star.
“Lighting one with a cross for her so God can continue to bless her,” said one fan.
“It’s a great loss,” said Nicole Wilson from Newark. “It’s a very enormous loss because here in the City of Newark, she’s like an icon.”
There was also a glowing tribute to Houston on the Prudential Center’s marquee Monday night as the singer’s body returned home.
Meanwhile, police in Beverly Hills say their work is done. They don’t suspect foul play in Houston’s death and are instead focusing on toxicology tests.
“As of right now, in this state, it is a coroner’s case,” said Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Lt. Mark Rosen.
The singer died Saturday after being pulled from a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Police say they found prescription medications in Houston’s room, though they said it was about what an average medicine cabinet might contain.
Houston was reportedly under water when she was pulled from a bathtub, but a noted pathologist says it’s unlikely she drowned.
“I believe Whitney Houston was probably almost certainly dead when she slipped under the water or she was in a deep stupor, semi-comatose state when she slipped under the water and a normal gag reflex would not have kicked in,” said Dr. Cyril Wecht.
An autopsy has been conducted, but toxicology tests are pending and the results could take six to eight weeks.
Houston’s battle with substance abuse was well-known, leaving many to suspect she overdosed.
Feb 14 12 11:09 AM
Whitneyluva wrote:What is actually confirmed? Is it Thursday or Friday? Is it public or not? I just "may" go, or I'll stick to my original plan and to the burial site when things calm down.
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Funeral for Whitney Houston set for Saturday in NJ
By DAVID PORTER Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Whitney Houston's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.
The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that the funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
The funeral home said that no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark's Prudential Center, the sports arena that the family had discussed as a possible venue.
The funeral service will be by invitation only, Carolyn Whigham said, reflecting the family's desire to keep the memorial more personal.
"They have shared her for 30 some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell," she said.
"The family thanks all the fans, the friends and the media, but this time is their private time," she said.
The 48-year-old Houston died Feb. 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.
After an autopsy Sunday, authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston. It could be weeks, however, before the coroner's office completes toxicology tests to establish the cause of death.
Los Angeles County coroner's assistant chief Ed Winter said bottles of prescription medicine were found in the room. He would not give details except to say: "There weren't a lot of prescription bottles. You probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet."
Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday.
Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin singer Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.
An impromptu memorial for Houston was held Sunday during a sadness-tinged Grammys, with Jennifer Hudson saluting her memory with a performance of "I Will Always Love You." Viewership for the awards show soared over last year by 50 percent, with about 40 million viewers tuning in to the program on CBS.
On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the train line leading to New York City.
"She was an inspiration to everybody," said Gregory Hanks, an actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet. He saw Houston perform in New Jersey years ago.
"I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special," he said.
A sensation from her first album, Houston was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "How Will I Know," "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn't hit the high notes.
Houston left behind one child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, from her marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
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IWDWSWLM wrote:We should all send flowers and cards to the address the church gave us to mail condolences
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