As the final preparations of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]’s funeral service come together for Saturday, Houston’s publicist has announced the private memorial will now broadcast on TV and stream live on the web for fans around the world to see.
Houston’s funeral will take place this Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey with about 1,500 invite only guests attending the service.
Though previous rumors that a public funeral would take place at the 18,000 seat Prudential Center, Houston’s family chose to keep the memorial private to only close family and friends.
But for fans wanting to pay their respects, Houston’s publicist confirmed Wednesday that the service will be made available for TV and web broadcast.
Watch the funeral via or sister site, CBSNewYork.com: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/whitney-houston-funeral/
Pastor Marvin L. Winans, who officiated Houston’s wedding to Bobby Brown in 1992, will deliver the eulogy. He is also the brother of BeBe and CeCe Winans. Among the celebrity guests confirmed to attend are Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ray J and Brandy.
The Queen of Soul and Houston’s Godmother, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm] was also asked to sing at the service. Houston will be laid to rest next to her father at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ according to TMZ.
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