Sources: Whitney Houston’s Family Wants Funeral Held At Prudential Center; Casket Arrives At Teterboro

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The casket of singer Whitney Houston arrived at Teterboro Airport late Monday night before being taken to a funeral home as family members apparently try to decided where to hold the pop icon’s funeral.

Sources close to Houston’s family told 1010 WINS on Monday they are hoping to hold the funeral at the Prudential Center in Newark this Friday.

Fans of Houston, like minister Thomas Ellis, said having the funeral at the arena with a capacity of 18,000 would be perfect.

Photos: Remembering Whitney Houston

Ellis attended the service Sunday at Houston’s childhood church, New Hope Baptist, and said although it would be special to have it there, the church isn’t big enough for all the people who would want to attend.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Reports On A Possible Prudential Center Funeral

“There’s no church big enough so if the plans are to be at the Prudential Center, I say that’s awesome and I will truly be one person in there — I’ll be one of the 18,000,” he told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

Further adding to the speculation was a picture of Houston that appeared on an electric billboard outside the arena on Monday night.  It’s not clear if a New Jersey Devils game on Friday would have to be rescheduled.

Also Monday, the Los Angeles coroner’s assistant chief, Ed Winter, said that bottles of prescription drugs were found in Houston’s hotel room, but that they were not in large quantities.

“There weren’t  a lot of prescription bottles. You probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet,” Winter said.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported that the family will likely have a wake for Houston on Thursday. On Monday, fans outside of the Whigham Funeral Home tried to make sense of the pop sensation’s death.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond Reports Outside The Whigham Funeral Home

“Now she don’t have to struggle no more, she don’t have to cry no more, no more pain, no more drug abuse.  She gave it all to God now,” one woman told Diamond.

Investigators in Beverly Hills said Houston was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday — the eve of the Grammy awards.

Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Mark Rosen said, “We have not ruled anything out at this time — everything’s on the table.”

Noted pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht, said it is unlikely she drowned.

“I believe Whitney Houston was probably almost certainly dead and then she slipped under the water or she was in a deep stupor, semi-comatose state so that when she did slip under the water, the normal gag reflex would not have kicked in,” he told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

At Sunday night’s Grammy Awards show there were several moving tributes to the music legend. Jennifer Hudson sang one of Houston’s most well-known songs “I Will Always Love You” and the night began with the star-studded audience bowing their heads in prayer.

Houston’s autopsy was completed Sunday. Toxicology tests are pending, and the results could take six to eight weeks.

The Grammy Award winner’s career started to fade after reports of drug use.

Houston made her last known public appearance Thursday at a pre-Grammy celebration.

Photos taken later that night showed Houston sweating, disheveled, agitated and bloated. One person told the Associated Press liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath. She reportedly had blood dripping down her legs and scratches on her arms.

However, a close friend said the performer sounded happy in the hours before she was found dead.

“I don’t think she was trying to mask anything. She was in great spirits, she was singing and she had gospel music playing,” said gospel artists Kim Burrell.

Some say the pop sensation was poised for a comeback — she just wrapped filming of a new musical-drama due out this summer.

“She wasn’t one of these celebrities that grew up and forgot where she came from,” Michelle Richardson, a family friend, said.

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  1. ERIN JONES says:

    YES, I HAVE SOME THING ELSE TO PREACH ABOUT. GOD COMMAND ALL OF US TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. MEANING WE HAVE NO REASON TO HATE ANYONE NOBODY WHAT THEY DID TO US. WE HAVE TO FORGIVE THEM JESUS FORGAVE US. JESUS CAME ON EARTH TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SUPPOSE TO LIVE BEFORE EVE ATE THAT APPLE. ALL THESE SO CALLED BLOOD AND CRIPS AND THE KKK. STOP YOU ALL GAME. ALL THE DEVIL DOING IS GIVING YOU ALL A REASON TO HATE THE NEXT PERSON. ALL YOU ALL DOING IS FIGHTING OVER A COLOR. YOU NOT ANY BETTER THAN A KID FIGHTING OVER TOY. I HOPE EVERY PERSON ON THIS EARTH READ THIS LETTER. GOD LOVES US AND THIS HOW WE PAY HIM, BY DOING HIM WRONG AND LIVING FOR SATAN. INSTANT OF GOD OUR FATHER. ME, I USE TO DO THE THINGS THATS NOT PLEASING TO GOD, BUT NOW I STOP GOING THE THINGS I USE TO DO AND TURN TO THE LORD. I WANT PEOPLE TO DO THE SAME THING. IF YOU DOING ANY THING THATS PLEASING YOUR FLESH YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR SOUL IN DANGER. IF SOMEONE TELL YOU, YOU GOING TO HEAVEN NOBODY HOW YOU LIVE THEY ARE LYING TO YOU. READ REVELATION 21:8. AND SEE WHAT IT SAYS. I LOVE YOU ALL THAT’S WHY I’M TELLING YOU THIS IF I DID I WOULD CARELESS IF YOU GOING TO HELL OR NOT. ALWAYS READ THE BIBLE AND SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. NOT JUST AGREE WITH EVERYTHING PEOPLE SAY. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT TELL YOU SOMETHING WRONG AND IF YOU DON’T READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF. YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IF THEY TELLING THE TRUTH OR NOT. LOVE YOU ALL AGAIN

    1. Amused but not misled says:

      AMEN!

    2. tony says:

      all-caps rants make readers think the author is looney-toons. consider settling down a bit.

  2. ERIN JONES says:

    i love whitney ,we all did. let GOD only judge her. not any preacher or any other man. us people so quick to say only GOD can judge but soon our love ones die we want the preacher to tell us that they in heaven. who is they to us where our loves one is going. REMEMBER ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE NOT THE PREACHER

  3. CHARLIE SHEEN'S CRACK PAY PER VIEW SPECIAL! says:

    CRACK PIPES MAKE GREAT SEX TOYS. MY HOES LOVE ME TO CRAM THEM!

    1. ERIN JONES says:

      GET THE JESUS IN YOUR LIFE. WE ARE FEMALES YOU JUST ASSULTED GOD BY CALLING HIS CREATORS OUT THEIR NAME. NOW IF YOU HAVE A BABY WHAT IF SOMEONE CALLED YOUR BABY OUT THEIR NAME YOU WILL BE MAD. NOW YOU KNOW HOW GOD FEEL. IM ERIN JONES FROM

  4. beronica says:

    People need to shut up with being blameful or criticizing someone for falling short of the glory,noone really knows what happened to her you are all putting your nose and mouth too much into someone elses business. This women has gave so much of herself to people even if you knew her or not she has touched many lives,stop condeming for her wrongs cause sure as i breathe we all have wrongs ,cause she smoked dosen’t make her a bad person she fell week she not perfect none of us. We have to be careful of thing we say out of our mouth cause that same curse can fall on you and or a love one so be careful before you speak now cause its catchy I love you whitney your soul can now rest in peace.

    1. Amused but not misled says:

      “BLAMEFUL”? WTF!

  5. barb says:

    Hope all you with the drug jokes will have a child that becomes addicted…..

    1. George Scott says:

      SHAME ON YOU THAT WOULD WISH HARM TO A CHILD. YOU SHOULD CONTRACT THROAT CANCER !!!!!!!

  6. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr. says:

    Thank you God for allowing Whitney E. Houston to be part of all our lives for time she live on this place call earth. To the family be comforted in knowing God got you in the hollow of hands always. Rev. Dr. Charles L. Nowell, Sr and family. Love u all.

    1. beronica says:

      amen brother

    2. ERIN JONES says:

      REMEMBER ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE

  7. leo says:

    I nose dats write jest axe any 1

  8. Mayorpenis says:

    FREE CRACK TO THE FIRST HUNDRED MOURNERS

    1. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr. says:

      Are you that insane. Who are you and are you human?

      1. ERIN JONES says:

        REV. YOU KNOW THE DEVIL IS ON THE LOOSE MEANING PEOPLE WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING THAT COME OUT THEIR MOUTH. THAT THE DEVIL USING THEM. THAT WHO THEY LETTING CONTROL THE DEVIL. WE ALL NEED TO STOP LIVING FOR THE DEVIL AND START TURNING TO JESUS AND GIVING OUR LIVES TO HIM. WE CANNOT SAY WE LOVE GOD AND WE DOWN HERE LIVING FOR THE DEVIL. PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHERE THEY GOING BY THE WAY THEY LIVING. JESUS IS COMING ON EARTH SOON WE HAVE NO TIME FOR GAMES. WHEN JESUS COME ITS TOO LATE TO CHANGE.

        1. Amused but not misled says:

          BOO DAT DEVIL!

    2. L. Edwards says:

      Sounds like you are on crack right now. Get save and live a more productive life. Get Jesus_Get a Life. You are definitely lost.

    3. george Scott says:

      DEAR MAYORPENIS:
      IF THATS YOUR REAL NAME YOUR FATHER MUST HAVE BEEN A REAL DI@K.
      YOU’RE A S@UMBAG FOR MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT CRACK.

    4. ERIN JONES says:

      YOU NEED JESUS. PLEASE GET HIM

    5. ERIN JONES says:

      JESUS IS COMING BACK ON EARTH SOON. WE ALL NEED TO STOP LIVING FOR THE DEVIL AND START LIVING FOR GOD. WE NEED TO STOP PLAYING GAME. ALL THE DEVIL DOING IS SETTING US UP TO GO TO HELL ANY WAY. THAT WHY HE HAVE US DOING THE THINGS THATS NOT PLEASING TO GOD. LUCIFER WAS UP IN HEAVEN AND HAD ALL THEM OTHER ANGELS TURN AGAINST GOD .WHAT MAKE YOU THINK SATAN WANT COME ON EARTH AND HAVE ALL OF US TURN AGAINST GOD. IF WE ALL WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN LIVE LIKE IT,AND ACT LIKE IT. DO WHAT THE BIBLE TELL US TO DO. YOU SHOULD KNOW WERE YOU GOING BY THE WAY YOU LIVING. EVERY NEED TO FIND A CHURCH HOME AND START GOING TO CHURCH LIKE THEY SUPPOSE TO. ONCE YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN ACT LIKE ONE. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP FORNICATING AND FIND THEMSELVES A WIFE OR A HUSBAND. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP COMMITTING ADULTERY, STOP TELLING LIES, START LOVING ONE ANOTHER, AND PUT DOWN THE ALCOHOL AND WHATEVER ELSE THAT UNHEALTHY FOR YOUR BODY. AND STOP GOING OUT TO THESE CLUBS AND PARTIES, AND START GOING TO CHURCH. WHEN YOU DO THE THE THINGS THATS NOT PLEASING TO GOD. YOU WORSHIPPING THE DEVIL NOT GOD. GOD IS THE ONE WHO DON’T WANT YOU TO DO THIS STUFF. THE BIBLE SAYS YOU CANT SERVES TWO MASTERS YOU WILL LOVE ONE AND HATE THE OTHER. YOU CANT SERVE GOD AND SATAN. YOU HAVE TO PICK WHO YOU GOING TO SERVE. AND YES I AM PREACHING, BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THIS. HAVE A BLESS DAY YOU ALL. LOVE YOU ALL.

  9. XXXXXXXXXXXXX says:

    POSTPONE A GAME FOR A WASHED UP JUNKIE.I DONT THINK SO

    1. beronica says:

      a game is not more important than life you should be ashame and rest assure you will eat those same words in remorse . May you never have to bear a loss,real soon

      1. Amused but not misled says:

        SORRY TO BREAK THE NEWS- SHE IS DEAD.

        THERE IS NO LIFE TO POSTPONE THE GAME FOR.

  10. Dehua Liu says:

    ithout L_ov”e is like a day without sunshine! Valentine’s Day O(∩_∩)O~is
    on the way ..come to {WW*matchrichC0*0M} ..A day
    Finding l_ov”e can be tough enough but finding an ideal mate can even be harder.

  11. Apatsa says:

    What a great loss, a beautiful voice gone too soon. She is now singing in heaven with the angels REST IN PEACE Whitney we will always love you.

  12. DianneSwindler says:

    Wow……LeT Whitney rest in peace and sed out prayers to the family

    STOP THE MADNESS

  13. DOUBLE_CHINNED_PUPPETEER says:

    Have it at the Prudential center and invite that chubby Taiwanese kid to sing ‘I will always love you’.

  14. tnt1528 says:

    yet somehow lindsay lohanis still alive.go figure.

    1. Paul Reiher says:

      Lindsay is still alive because she sticks to cocaine and does not mix prescription drugs with the cocaine.

      1. beronica says:

        past tense yall are so fk negative

  15. tom says:

    and somehow lindsey lohan is still alive,

    1. Whitney who says:

      That just shows you what a big time junkie Whitney was.It has been a long time since she was on top she died a has been so sad.

      1. Lxi says:

        Have you no compassion that a young girl has to bury her beloved mother and a mother will have to bury her baby girl? If you don’t have anything positive to say, at least be respectful of those who are grieving and keep negative comments to yourself. It could be one of your loved ones.

  16. anonymous says:

    let the dead rest in peace. stop the media frenzy. the only one who truly deserves prayer is the daughter who has lost her mother. stop the circus. the madness of helicopters following the medical examiner’s wagon, etc reminds me of the foolishness of oj simpson on the i-5. best wishes to bobby christina as you try to cope with the loss of your mother. i hope you have strong family members to help you in the days and weeks to come. to the media and spotlight seekers, back off!

  17. Little Willie says:

    So sad–Could have been a model for young Afician Americans. Her cousin is a disaster Dionne is a disgrace. Who did she choose Druggie Bobby Brown. If you want to make an INPRESSION Mr. Preacher Man—TELL THE YOUNG PEOPLE SHE IS NOT A LADY TO BE HELD UP AS A MODEL BUT IF THEY USE THIS CRAP THEY WILL LAND UP WITH THE SAME OUTCOME. IT’S UP TO YOU MR.PREACHER MAN—DON’T LET THE MONEY PAY YOU OFF MR. PREACHER MAN—-TELL THEM THE TRUTH IF YOU HAVE THE B-LLS

    1. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr. says:

      Death is always a teaching moment to give a look through a glass darken of life.

  18. VICTOR SOBANNO says:

    LET US HAVE FILINGS FOR HE NOBODY HAS TIME HE OR SHE WANTS TO LIVE THE WORLD SO IT IS HER TIME TO GO AT AGE 48.NOBODY IS OLD OYOUNG TO DIE .

  19. jim MEYER says:

    big secret about the cause of her death look at her past history she O.D

    1. Lxi says:

      Not a big secret, toxicology takes weeks to develop. Unless you were in that bathroom, you have no clue what transpired. Even if she did, the words that you say don’t hurt her any longer but she leaves loved ones behind who are grieving and struggling with the loss.

  20. bubba says:

    rev al everybodys pal will make it all right

  21. brooklyn4ever says:

    Wow Robert, hope you did not lose sleep in composing your drug tribute.

  22. chrisie says:

    You really did not have to be a rocket scientist to have figured out that it was drugs involved someway with her death. Goodness knows that she had her demons as it was as of late that whenever you saw her she looked like hell. What saddens me the most is that she was at one time an amazing personality with a voice that was given to her straight from the angels. She had so much to give and to live for, if nothng else, her daughter and the help she needed I am sure was it was always available to her. Why she never took it, we now will never know. Saturday, we indeed lost one of the great ones. Maybe now you can finally rest in peace Whitney. You are free.

    1. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

      she was at one time an amazing personality who hated white people remember I do

  23. susan says:

    ialthough i feel sympathy for her family especailly her daughter,she was in the entertainment business..she was a singer with a beautiful god given talent..as with anyone else, how the talents are used is part luck and part hard work..she seemed to be doing very well until she met and married that bobbie brown person, then she fell into drugs and disarray and her career also went down..respecting her is one thing but revering her as some kind of saint or goddess is another..she was a human being with flaws and problems that she let oversahdow the talent..

    1. T says:

      Geez_ let the dead rest in peace! Who are you to judge anyone for that matter? You are not living her life _ in her shoes, footsteps ect… You mentioned flaws and problems, is your life perfect? Everyone has problems, life isnt always gonna be peachy.
      God is the only one who judges. And you will be judged has well__ we are all on the same wrath. Doesnt matter what religion__ one path. one GOD.

      1. beronica says:

        well said t

  24. False Idols says:

    Why would a school let students out on a day of learning to mourn someone who took there life.It makes no sense hopefully they do same thing when a soldier dies from that area.Shw had Talent long time ago granted but she has been a junkie for more years then a singer.We have our idols and morals all screwed up.It runs in her family people blame Bobby Brown but her own family has drug problems right cousin dionne.Hope students make up work.

    1. beronica says:

      shut up being ignorant stop judging

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