Streaming Whitney Houston’s Funeral [LIVE]
Pop Legend Whitney Houston‘s funeral will be held today, Saturday February 18, 2012 at 12pm Eastern time. The funeral will be broadcasting live from the state Whitney once called home, New Jersey.
Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel exactly one week from today (Saturday, February 11, 2012) just hours before she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills. Investigators are still working to find the cause of her death and her toxicology results are currently pending.
Marvin L. Winans, family friend and pastor who married Whitney and Bobby Brownback in 1992, will be officiating her ceremony. When asked by CNN‘s Anderson Cooper on why the memorial was not planned openly to the public, he stated the family didn’t “want to have a parade.” Other speakers at the ceremony include cousin Dionne Warwick, mentor Clive Davis, former co-star Kevin Costner, sister in law/manager Patricia Houston, and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who donated his plane to fly Houston’s body from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey earlier this week.
In a statement by a family spokesperson to Reuters, Whitney Houston’s funeral will be graced by many other soul stars; some of these stars are scheduled to perform at the service, like Stevie Wonder and godmother Aretha Franklin.
Her alleged on-and-off boyfriend, Ray J, 31, stated on Friday, “What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend.” Ray J explained the “emptiness” he’s experiencing over Houston’s death. “Nippy, I miss you so much! Your smile will live in my heart forever,” he said.
Friends and family will gather together to pay their respects to the singer and guests are attending by invitation-only. The location of Houston’s memorial service will be at New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey and according to CNN, a few confirmed guests out of the 1500 seats include Chaka Khan, Bebe and Cece Winans, Diane Warren, Darlene Love, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ray J and Brandy. Others expected to attend are Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Elton John, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and yes, Bobby Brown, ex-husband and father of 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Following today’s service, Whitney will be laid to rest next to father, John Russell Houston, Jr., at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.