Decision Made About Whether Whitney Houston’s Funeral Will Be Public or Private

Feb 14, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The body of Whitney Houston arrived late Monday in New Jersey, where funeral plans were announced for the pop superstar, the AP reports.

Her funeral will be held Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the story reports. No wake and no public memorial will be held, despite earlier talk of a possible large-scale memorial at the Prudential Center sports arena in Newark.

Houston, 48, died Saturday at a Beverly Hills hotel, where she was found underwater in a bathtub. Officials have said there were no apparent signs of trauma and no indications of foul play, the story reports. The coroner’s office is waiting for results of toxicology tests before determining a cause of death, which could take weeks.

The report notes: “Houston was born in Newark and began singing as a child at the New Hope church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Cousin Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.”

Houston was honored during Sunday’s Grammys ceremony, which included a performance of her hit “I Will Always Love You” by Jennifer Hudson. Viewership for the broadcast surged by about 50% from last year’s Grammys, presumably fueled by Houston’s death, with about 40 million viewers watching.

Fans have been leaving tributes to Houston, including flowers and candles, outside the New Hope church.

Click here to see Houston’s performance of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, which has been called one of the greatest moments in television history.


  1. Nothing to do with religion or it being a bad performance – the song is just horrible. not a sound I want coming out of my ipod. POS

  2. I have one question: How do you blow 100 MILLION dollars????

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