Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday is expected to be televised and streamed on the Web live from the New Jersey church, her publicist told the media Wednesday.
Houston's invitation-only service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark is expected to be attended by dozens of celebrities and personalities, including Aretha Franklin, Brandy, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Houston's rep, Kristen Foster, reportedly told RumorFix The Associated Press will live stream the service beginning at noon. The live stream will be available here.
Houston, 48, was found dead in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She had been scheduled to attend Clive Davis' pre-Grammys gala at the hotel. Although the exact cause of death won't be known until toxicology results are completed in six to eight weeks, speculation is that mixing prescription drugs and alcohol played a role in her death.
Among the list of who's-who, gospel singer and pastor Marvin L. Winans, a longtime Houston family friend, will deliver the eulogy. Winans officiated at Houston's 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown. Franklin, who is her godmother, has been asked to sing.
Houston's death certificate filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles listed her burial location as Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. The family, however, hasn't commented.
Other confirmed guests include Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio L.A. Reid and Ray J.
Here's the reported guest list from RumorFix:
-- Rev. Jesse Jackson - confirmed. He will not speak, just attend for support
-- Marvin L. Winans - he will deliver the eulogy
-- Aretha Franklin, Whitney's godmother - ET reports she's been asked to sing
-- Dionne Warwick, Whitney's cousin - she joined Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, to make funeral plans
-- Kim Burrell, Whitney's longtime friend - she is rumored to sing
-- Bobby Brown, Whitney's ex-husband - there are conflicting reports on whether he'll attend
-- Chaka Khan
-- Bebe & CeCe Winans
-- Bishop T.D. Jakes
-- Antonio L.A. Reid
-- Ray J, Whitney Houston's rumored on-again and off-again boyfriend
-- Diane Warren, songwriter
-- Valerie Simpson of the duo Ashford & Simpson
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