Lack Of Public Memorial Upsets Fans; Funeral To Be Streamed Online

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — News of a private goodbye for Whitney Houston has many residents of her hometown disappointed. However, the superstar singer’s fans will be able to watch the funeral online, according to Houston’s publicist.

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A memorial outside New Hope Baptist Church grew Wednesday as fans continued to leave balloons, flowers and notes. Houston’s funeral will be held there Saturday at noon. It holds just a few hundred people and attendance at the funeral will be by invitation only.

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Though fans maybe not be able to hold a public farewell at the Prudential Center, publicist Kristen Foster said the Associated Press will stream the service live on livestream.com/aplive.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported that security for the funeral is expected to be monumental. Crowd control set-up began Wednesday outside the small Newark Church, where legions of Whitney fans are expected to line the sidewalks Saturday.  The first metal barriers went up on Wednesday afternoon.

Many of the star’s famous friends will attend the funeral, but the VIP guest list is a closely guarded secret.  The star’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, says contrary to some reports, he is not banned from the service. He says he’ll be there with his daughter.

“Bobbi Kristina is doing much better. We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother’s death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye,” Brown said in a statement to People Magazine.

Pastor Marvin Winans, who officiated Houston’s wedding to Brown in 1992, will travel to New Jersey from Detroit to deliver the eulogy.

“When she was here in November, she was at church. I did not know that was the last time I would see her,” Winans told CNN.

Across the country, in Beverly Hills, California, the investigation into Houston’s death continues. Her doctors are being subpoenaed for her medical and pharmacy records — a move considered routine.

At this point authorities have given no indication that illegal drugs are involved, but when asked directly, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he cannot confirm nor deny whether illegal drugs are part of the investigation.

Many fans were hoping to attend a large, public service at the Prudential Center.  However, there will be no funeral procession, no video screen outside and no loud speakers as the public is expected to be kept at a distance.

“Whitney spent most of her time on the west coast,” said Joe Lemanski of Bound Brook. “Give us a chance to come home and give everyone here a chance to see her.”

The longtime principal of the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts was shocked that there won’t be a public memorial for the singer.

“I couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t believe it, but I think this is probably what Whitney would have wanted,” Henry Hamilton told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

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Hamilton has led the school for 41 years. He says Houston started there when she was 6-years-old.

A make-shift memorial of balloons and flowers has been set up in front of the school’s marble marker and fans have stopped by to pay tribute to the fallen super star.

“Whitney was a generous person and she was a blessing for Houston Academy,” said Hamilton.

Houston’s burial will likely be at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, the same cemetery where her father was buried in 2003.

The Houston family has asked that donations be made to the Houston Academy in lieu of flowers.

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  1. jsquyres says:

    i hear the revs jackson and sharpton will preach. what a laugh that will be.

  2. Annette James says:

    RIP MISS WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON…YOUR FANS WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!

  3. Terry Turner says:

    DON’T HATE YOU LOWRATE OF A CITIZEN

  4. Terry Turner says:

    DON’T FORGET LOHAN, WINEHOUSE, MONROE, TO NAME A FEW.

  5. Jduzit Tha Artist says:

    They’re bigger demons (ie: Charlie Sheen’s, RoyBoySays) hear still alive than Whitney ever had in her life!

    1. Terry Turner says:

      I AGREE IF SHE WAS WHITE I WOULD NOT EVEN POST.

  6. Terry Turner says:

    I believe the houston family is just being selfish right now. If thats thecase privacey they should have had her going away in Los Angelos, since her fans have no say. The JACKSONS DID RIGHT BY mICHEAL jACKSON’S FANS.
    I believe she had more support from her fans in NJ then anywhere else. EvidentLy her family do not give a hoot about the fans in Newark tsk, tsk, invitation only, please.

    1. nrichard says:

      WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING? WHAT RIGHT DO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE HAVE TO DEMAND THAT A PUBLIC SERVICE BE HELD???? THIS IS A PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER AND THEY AND ONLY THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS! SHE WAS A CELEBRITY BUT IN THEIR EYES SHE WAS THEIR DAUGHTER, MOTHER, SISTER, NIECE AND COUSIN – YOU ALL NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELVES! AND NO – THEY DON’T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT YOU NOR SHOULD THEY – YOU ARE FANS NOT FAMILY AND FAMILY IS ALL THAT COUNTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE REGARDLESS OF CELEBRITY! PLEASE!

      1. Whitney who OHH yeah i remember says:

        The reason was money.They would have to rent prudential center pay for police Who was going to pay Whitney is broke.You cannot expect Newark to eat the cost since they layoff cops and teachers .She is a has been who does not deserve all this nonsense

        1. Terry Turner says:

          WE SAW THAT WITH WINEHOUSE ETC.

      2. Terry Turner says:

        I HAVE A RIGHT ITS CALLED BEING A CITIZEN OF THE U.S. YOU AZZWIPE.

        1. Lou says:

          So now being a citizen of this country gives you the right to attend any private funeral you wish. Wow, I need to read up on that constitution thingy because I don’t remember this being a right of mine.

          1. Terry Turner says:

            try the abituaries if is not the constitutions, maybe thats where your name should be as well you dope. Back up off me you fart.

            1. zoro says:

              Must be a dumb fkiing ngr!

  7. Charlie Sheen's Crack Smoking For Dummies says:

    NEVER GIVE YOUR PUSH OR BACK UP TO ANYONE. SMOKE IT ALL YOURSELF. REAL CRACKHEADS DON’T SHARE!

  8. Charlie Sheen's All Star Crack Party Album says:

    EVERYONE KNOWS LINDSAY LOHAN’S THE REAL QUEEN OF CRACK. SHE’LL BE UP TO WHITNEY’S $200,000.00 A DAY ROCK HABIT IN NO TIME. YOU GO GIRL! SMOKE!

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      hey she told Diane Sawyer that she makes too much money to smoke crack,her drug of choice was “ROCK COCAINE”,I didn’t know there was a difference,live and learn………………………….

  9. Peter says:

    Typo on post. It’s you are dead until the second coming of Christ.

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      do we really have to wait that long?

      1. Peter says:

        Yes, you do. Roy

      2. Terry Turner says:

        SPEAK FOR YOUSELF, I STILL HAVE A LOT OF LIVING TO DO BOO-BOO

  10. Peter says:

    No one goes to heaven when they die. Read the bible your are dead u Tio the second coming of Christ. Funny how everyone says “oh they are in heaven now ” of everyone that dies. No matter how they lived their life here on earth.
    Think about it if everyone goes to heaven when they die we should all want to die immediately since heaven has to be better than this down here. Imagine no bills, no pain, no crying, no more worrying about how much has costs or I have to make the mortgage payment. Just think about it. The idea of people die and they go to heaven is no where stated in the bible. Read and understand the book of Daniel and Revalation. Christ is coming soon.

    1. Terry Turner says:

      I agree with you Peter I was justtelling someone that yesterday, maybe thats why some people commit suicide because they think they going directly to heaven.Thats a lie Satan has stirred up. Life is an art live it wisely.

      1. RoyBoySays says:

        and it must have been satan that caused Whitney’s drug overdose,not her habitual drug addiction

    2. Can't stand MORONS says:

      Please, go to where you no longer cry, or whatever it is you think happens. Leave us normal people alone.

      1. Terry Turner says:

        READ ROMANS 10:9,10
        GOD DOES NOT THINK LIKE HUMANS THANK GOD FOR THAT.
        GOD IS THE CREATOR OF ALL BUT NOT THE FATHER OF ALL..

  11. rebecca says:

    i agree with the family’s decision. this is an extremely difficult and PRIVATE moment for them, and they’re entitled to grieve in peace. if you are a true whitney fan, then you’ll get that and respect the family’s wishes.

    1. Jduzit Tha Artist says:

      You’re so right! And that may have been what Whitney wanted! Besides…I’m sure so many who are acting like true fans now were the same hypocrites that taunted her and made jokes of her struggles when she was alive!

      1. Terry Turner says:

        PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT DEAD, THEN ALIVE.
        GIVE PEOPLE THEIR FLOWERS WHEN THEY ARE ALIVE.
        WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE.
        WHICH PEOPLE DONT GET ENOUGH OF.

  12. mike says:

    If she died broke, she was stupid!….Sorry!

  13. Wrapper says:

    Give it (and her) a rest!

  14. jay says:

    the family has made the choice to say goodbye on their own. she is with the almighty father god now. i think all the people who were talking bad about her habbits, and performances, need to step back and stop complaing about not being at her funeral. you talked all the trash and were thinking she was messed up, and now you want to go to her funeral? the family is the only ones who need to be there, and say goodbye to their baby. the rest need to go on with your own life. just remember the whitney from your memories.

  15. RoyBoySays says:

    The women was a fantastic talent,no more,no less,she died of a drug overdose,after a long history of addiction,why would we wan’t to set an example of her…………………is this the type of person we want our children to grow up and be. she was not a person,who was known for her charitable donations,but for her drug addicted work slurring last concerts,and her stoned out interviews with Opra,and Diane Sawyer

  16. Pat says:

    This is a personal matter that only Whitney’s closest family and friends should be attending. This is not a public matter just becaus she was an entertainer. She is now one of God’s chosen which is very personal. Please do not be angry with the family for following their hearts.

    1. phylly says:

      How can she be one of God’s chosen? She chose to do drugs, she chose to use her God given gift of singing to bring herself fame, fortune, and wealth. She lived for herself, to feed her desires, not for the glory of God. Whitney Houston is not in heaven, she is in Hades, the place of the dead. “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9 Her desire for fame and fortune did indeed plunge her into ruin and destruction; sadly Ms. Houston is now in a terrifying place, forever separated from very God she chose to reject, neglect and shun. Chances are whoever preaches at her funeral will insist she is in heaven, after all, she grew up in the church and even sang in the choir. The truth is you can tell a true follower of Jesus Christ by their fruit, the way they live, act, behave, speak, etc. Whitney’s life was just like the parable the Lord Jesus spoke of in Luke 16 concerning the rich man and his dying and going to hell…”Child, remember that during your life you received your good things”. Sadly, Whitney’s reward was all she obtained in her time on earth; none of it lasting and now it’s over. “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” Luke 14:33 You simply cannot love the things of this love to the point that it’s what drives and motivates you.

      Christ took God’s wrath for sin in His atoning work on the cross, all who believe that Jesus Christ is the only hope they have need to cry out for God’s mercy while there is still breath in their lungs. It is too late for Ms. Houston – may those who benefited off her earthly fame and fortune repent of their sins, and all who read this, crying out for mercy and salvation.The Lord Jesus is coming again, this time, to judge wickedness, like drug addiction, sexual immorality, sexual perversion, greed, arrogance, disobedience to God’s word. Time is not on anyone’s side…

  17. Jean says:

    The public is not “entitled” to a memorial for Whitney. We had her for 30 years. The family should be allowed to grieve privately and not criticized for it. They made what they believe to be the best decision. Let them and her rest in peace.

  18. The the family mourn says:

    Wow these people are stupid who do they think will pay for this the tax payers.Whitney died broke thats why there is no money to do what michael Jackson had .Whitney never wrote any of her songs so her family and the city do not have funds for public service.In this economy there are way better things to spend the money on.

    1. Sandy says:

      Everyone is hurting. The entire world is hurting. But, her mother, daughter and family are hurting. The pain cannot go any deeper than this. How dare you judge what a person does. They have every right to greive in private. Whiteney has now come full circle, back where she started from the church. Everyone does not like to greive in public. For one last time a mother, and daughter need this time to be with her alone. Let them be, and respect their wishes.

      1. Meme Meyagi says:

        spell much?

        1. Terry Turner says:

          This man’s judgement you nit wit when Jesus Christ return which he will he will do the ultimate judgeing. Respect my opinion like assholes we are have one..
          You not related to them you fool, mind your business.

          1. Anne says:

            Hey MOROM, learn proper grammar and then spelling before making an Ass out of youself.

      2. Whitney who OHH yeah i remember says:

        The world is hurting WOW I think certain areas are hurting.I think most people do not care they are more worried about jobs economy and putting food on table.She was famous a very long time ago But it is kind of hard to mourn a junkie we all seen this coming for years.

        1. Terry Turner says:

          GOD CARES, THATS ALL THAT MATTER TO ME. PSALM 116:15,
          PRECIOUS (COSTLY) IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS.

    2. Terry Turner says:

      YOU CAN ONLY SPEAK OF WHO YOU ARE DUMB-STUPIDY

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