Whitney Houston’s family is to attend the singer’s private burial in Westfield, New Jersey, later.
Whitney Houston is to be laid to rest beside her father John Russell Houston, who died in 2003, at Fairview Cemetery.
It follows a memorial service attended by some of the biggest names in music yesterday, including her mentor and former label boss Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder and her cousin Dionne Warwick.
Whitney Houston was found dead at a hotel in Los Angeles last week.
The late singer had been due to attend the Grammy awards. The cause of her death is as yet unknown, with investigators awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
Whitney Houston is to be laid to rest beside her father John Russell Houston, who died in 2003, at Fairview Cemetery
Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and R Kelly performed during the three hour and 45 minute-long ceremony, while actor Kevin Costner, who starred opposite Whitney Houston in the film The Bodyguard, paid tribute to what he called the “sweet miracle” of her life.
Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, arrived at the service but left again shortly afterwards.
Bobby Brown later said in a statement released to US media that he and his children “were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions”.
“In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene,” he added.
Bobby Brown, 43, was on stage last night in Connecticut, performing with his original band New Edition.
“I want to give blessings to my ex-wife, Whitney Houston. I love you,” Bobby Brown said as he pointed his finger to the sky.
Whitney Houston’s Godmother Aretha Franklin, whom the star referred to as “Aunt Ree”, had been due to sing at the service but the Houston family said she was not able to attend as she was unwell.
Aretha Franklin told the Associated Press news agency that she had been suffering with leg spasms and sent her best wishes to the family.
Following the service, fans and onlookers gathered outside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark to catch a glimpse of the hearse as it drove in carrying Whitney Houston’s body in golden coffin. Some called: “I love you”, as the hearse passed.
One of the biggest voices of the 80’s, Whitney Houston sold millions of singles and albums worldwide.
Whitney Houston’s death certificate has been released and failed to determine the singer’s cause of death.
The legendary singer’s death certificate is listing “pending investigation” as the manner of death and “deferred” is written for the immediate cause.
While it is known that Whitney Houston drank alcohol and had taken prescription drugs before her death it is still not clear what the exact cause is – and it has been reported it will be hard to get a clear picture of exactly what she was taking.
According to The LA Times: “The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Wednesday investigators have asked <<a number>> of doctors to provide them with Houston’s medical information.”
L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Opferman told LA Times: “Celebrities often get their prescription drugs from doctors who are more than willing to give them what they want and sometimes using members of their entourage.”
Whitney Houston’s death certificate has been released and failed to determine the singer’s cause of death
Whitney Houston’s funeral will take place on Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ, which is the same place her father is buried.
The funeral will be broadcast by The Associated Press and will allow fans to pay their own tributes from home on the television and web.
There will be no public memorial service and pastor Marvin L Winans, who will be giving a eulogy said the family didn’t want “a parade”.
“I don’t think knowing Cissy (Houston’s mother) and the Houston family … it was a matter of public or private as it was this is my daughter, this is my sister, this is my mother, this is my friend and we want to do this with dignity.”
The private funeral of the legendary singer Whitney Houston will be streamed live on the internet, it was announced yesterday.
The revelation will please Whitney Houston’s grieving fans, who were disappointed to learn that the star’s funeral would be a private affair.
There will also be no public memorial service for Whitney Houston.
Members of the public wishing to pay their respects to the iconic singer will be able to do so by following online as she is laid to rest.
The private funeral of the legendary singer Whitney Houston will be streamed live on the internet by The Associated Press
The Associated Press has been granted the right to film the ceremony, which takes place on Saturday in Whitney Houston’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
The funeral will be streamed on the AP’s website, and will also be made available to broadcasters.
While the service at New Hope Baptist Church will be not be open to the public, that has not stopped Whitney Houston’s fans from bringing flowers as and other gifts as tributes to the singer.
The church, where Whitney Houston sang as a child, has become one of several sites where people have gathered to remember the singer since her death last Saturday night at the age of 48.
Whitney Houston is also being remembered by the New Jersey government, after governor Chris Christie ordered state buildings to lower their flags on the day of the funeral.
Whitney Houston decline from world-beating success into damaging drug addiction has been blamed by some on her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and it has been reported that her family asked her ex-husband to stay away from her funeral.
However, Bobby Brown has insisted that those reports are false, and that he will attend the ceremony in order to support the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Whitney Houston may be buried alongside her father, army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003
There is believed to have been disagreement among the Houston family as to where Whitney Houston should be buried.
Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and her cousin Dionne Warwick are said to have argued that the iconic singer should be laid to rest in Atlanta, but other relatives who argued for Newark won the day.
Whitney Houston may be buried alongside her father, army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003.
George Michael is being treated in the Austrian capital Vienna and cared for by medics in a private house after he was hospitalized for one day, being diagnosed with pneumonia.
According to friends, George Michael, 48, is responding “well” to treatment.
As a result, George Michael was yesterday forced to cancel a number of dates on his Symphonica tour, including last night’s show in Strasbourg, France and two planned concerts in Cardiff this weekend.
A statement yesterday afternoon said: “Singer George Michael has been forced, to postpone the Cardiff dates (26th and Sunday 27th of November) of his Symphonica tour due to illness.
“The singer recently postponed tour dates in Vienna and Strasbourg under doctor’ s orders after being diagnosed with pneumonia and he is currently receiving treatment.”
Plans to reschedule the dates would be provided when available.
George Michael is being treated in the Austrian capital Vienna and cared for by medics in a private house after he was hospitalized for one day, being diagnosed with pneumonia
Another statement on George Michael’s website said the singer was cancelling the Cardiff concerts with “great regret” due to his “ongoing illness”.
George Michael’s aides dismissed claims in the Austrian media that the singer was also suffering from heart problems.
“He got ill, it’s very cold in that part of Europe, and then he got pneumonia. He’s responding well to treatment, very good. But he has to rest. He’s got to let this illness run its course.”
Friends were unsure how long George Michael would have to stay in Austria.
George Michael has also been conspicuously absent from his Twitter. The star – who has become voracious in Tweeting in recent months – has not Tweeted since November 17.
Concert promoter Manfred Leodolter said yesterday: “George Michael is still in Vienna.
“He has cancelled his next few shows including tonight’s [wed] show in Strasboug, France. Doctors have warned him for the moment against flying and he is getting rest in Vienna.”
George Michael was forced to postpone his gig in Vienna on Monday, just two hours before the show. Promoters, initially, said it was due to a throat infection.
The latest cancellations come after George Michael had to call off one of his concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in central London suffering from a viral infection. That concert was yesterday rescheduled for next May.