Newark Police Urge Fans To Stay Away From Whitney Houston’s Funeral

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NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Ahead of the star-studded Saturday funeral for singer Whitney Houston, Newark police officials are urging the public to stay away.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said those not on the guest list for the funeral shouldn’t even bother showing up to the New Hope Baptist Church. DeMaio said you might as well just stay home and watch the service online.

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“There’s not going to be anyone allowed within the inner perimeter that’s going to be set up around the church, other than people that are invited,” he said.

That guest list will reportedly include Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Brandy.  The legendary Stevie Wonder, along with Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Jennifer Hudson will be singing solos, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.

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DeMaio said fans won’t even be able to get close enough to see anything. There won’t be a procession, and DeMaio said the late singer’s body will be quietly brought in at an undisclosed time.

On Thursday night, fans were leaving their condolences outside the Whigham Funeral Home.  A private, family-only wake will be held on Friday from noon until 8 p.m.

“There won’t be anything to see here at the New Hope Baptist Church,” he said.

Family friend and gospel singer Rev. Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

“She wore fame and she was wonderful in it, but she was always that little girl from New Jersey,” said Winans.

Despite the dazzling list of guests, Pastor Joe A. Carter said the will be a service similar to the ones Houston knew as a child when she sang with the choir — lively and full of praise and warmth.

As family, friends and fans grieve across the country, the investigation into Houston’s untimely death at the Beverly Hilton continues.

Houston’s death certificate shows the cause of death as “deferred.” Her doctors have been subpoenaed for her medical and pharmacy records, a move considered routine. At this point, authorities won’t confirm or deny whether illegal drugs are part of that investigation.

However, citing a source, CNN reported on Thursday that Houston was partying at the bar of the Beverly Hilton on Friday night and that investigators have requested the surveillance tapes. Another source told the cable channel that the singer was drinking “considerable” quantities of alcohol in the days before her death.

The Grammy winner was also reportedly spotted drinking by the pool the morning of her death. In the latest issue of People Magazine, Houston is also described as exhibiting erratic behavior at the Beverly Hilton on the morning of Feb. 8.

“She was in a gift shop at the hotel she was staying at, and where her body was found, and she was talking to people and her speech was slurred and she seemed like she was out of it,” said People’s Carlos Greer.

Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie defended his decision to lower flags, saying that the honor should be reserved for military heroes and not entertainers.

“I think she was a significant artistic figure in this state,” Christie said.  “As a result, I believe she deserves the recognition of having the flags put at half staff.

“What disturbs me the most is the criticism I have seen publicly that somehow because she struggled with substance abuse during the course of her life that people think somehow that removes the accomplishments.”

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  1. Peggy says:

    Whitney has made the transition and now sits on her throne with the greatest;
    Ella, and Sarah, the Divine One. No one can take this away from her. We will always love you. Rest in peace and may God be with your loved ones.

  2. Jennifer says:

    There are those that simply cannot handle the fame and the leaches that push them forward for personal gain. Keep that in mind. Michael, Elvis, many others and now Whitney. They all turned to one thing or the other to ease their inner demons and no one really cared what their problems were, just about when they would make more money for them. When they fail, or fall, the Media is there to chew them up some more. It is so easy to Judge and pretend we know someone we do not. So very easy. I wish her Peace now and hoped she reached Heaven before the Devil knew she was gone.

  3. Edwin Lora Diaz says:

    Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide

  4. Charlie Sheen's Celebrity Crack Pipe Picnic says:

    I HEARD THEY WERE GIVING OUT CRACK BAGS AND PIPES AT THE DOOR.

  5. YOU DAY WILL COME says:

    To sit and read most of these comments just goes to prove how many stupid, in-sensitive “people” really do exist. We are all here living on borrowed time..we will all go in some form or fashion. Just hope and pray that when it is your time people will speak of you in a loving manner, REGARDLESS OF YOUR HUMAN FLAWS.

    1. LAHOMA SCOTT says:

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT SOMEONE THAT CARES GOD BLESS YOU AND ALSO TO THE HOUSTON FAMILY. THE FAMILY IS GRIEVING ENOUGH WE HAVE TO RESPECT THE FAMILY IN THEIR TIME OF SORROW. HER FRIENDS AND FANS WILL MISS HER DEARLY. REST IN PEACE.

  6. Charlie Sheen: Rick James Is GOD Cuz I Said So says:

    RICK WAS ONE JAZZY DUDE. MY MAN GAVE ME HIS CRACK HOES IN HIS WILL. THAT’S COOLNESS!

  7. Pole sitter says:

    The blacks will riot and Newark will burn. Long live Bobbie Brown

  8. El Cid says:

    Stay away? Where to go then? The Gin mill & have a drinking contest to see
    who can drink who under the table. Don’t forget to sing some of songs while
    paying homage to a fallen celebrity.

  9. Joel says:

    Will she be cremated or broken up and smoked?

    1. biggs says:

      you are a idiot joel,thats why your mom rotting in her grave,I got you ip address,take care and see you soon.look for the big black man with a shaved head.Im 6’2

      1. Tripps says:

        Hahahaha. Biggs have a sense of humor man

  10. Gertrude says:

    You must remember Whitney would not listen to anyone. Remember when her family attemtped the intervention to get her to rehab in the frst place Do you think they woke up one day and said she should go for no reason? She had to have been on a deadly path of destruction for it to even get to that. Also she used cocaine for several years before she met Bobby and it showed in how she would sweat on stage. Have you even seen anyone so small sweat the way she did? DRUGS….she smoked weed as a teenager and graduated to snorting coke when she modeled. It was under control for a long time then she could no longer control or hide the addiction. AND IF YOU KNEW HOW MUCH CRACK she really smoked…

  11. troooooooth says:

    yes, i mean why pray for our service men and women…..no lets hold hands and pray for whitneys soul…..its so much more important…

  12. jewishliberal says:

    RIP Whitney Houston 5 days clean and sober “YOU GO GIRL”

    1. LAHOMA SCOTT says:

      WE PRAY FOR THE FAMILY ESPECIALLY HER MOTHER AND DAUGHTER THAT GOD WILL GIVE THEM STRENGHTH TO ENDURE WE KNOW THAT IT IS HARD WHEN WE LOOSE A LOVE ONE ESPECIALLY A CHILD; A MOTHER ;A DAUGHTER. BUT WE LOVE HER AND GOD LOVED HER BEST. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE FAMILY.

  13. Charlie Sheen And The Crack Pipe Dancers says:

    YEAH AND RICK JAMES WOULD BE SO PROUD OF HIS PROTEGE CHARLIE SHEEN. WHITNEY WENT TO THAT CRACK DEN IN THE SKY AND SMOKIN’ SNOWCONES WITH RICK RIGHT NOW!

    1. troooooooth says:

      too funny

  14. Mrs. Bernie Madoff says:

    Jennifer Holiday said on the news yesterday, that whitney Huston was on drugs way before she met bobby brown, and that she knew that for a fact. That was know in the industry that she took drugs and the dealer were always around her or their, and she had her regulars. And that it wasnt bobby brown who got her on drugs, he may have taken her to a more harder drug than what she was use to, but that she was already a drug user way before bobby came into her life, if this is true , then i can stop wishing bobby would just disappear into the ground somewere, cause maybe, just maybe, she did do all this to herself before hand, but still yet, rest in peace whitney, poor bobby christine….

    1. troooooooth says:

      she did it to herself?….noooooo…im sure whitey ( not whitney) or bobbi is to blame.its always somebody elses fault

  15. who really cares says:

    i am more sad that gary carter has died of a brain tumor. i can feel no pain for whitney. the tox report will come back that she died from a drug OD…without a doubt. i am also troubled with all the news coverage concerning her death. who gives a rats a$$. i live 5 miles from brick city and i wouldnt waste a drop of gs going anywhere near where her dead corpse is

    1. Sydney says:

      If you didn’t give a rat;s ass, then why waste your time commenting here?

  16. kc says:

    when god wants you and your time is up he will take you . to a the haters you do not have a clue what is like to lose a loved one or walk in any other persons shoes
    leave her family alone
    just like you would want you can not touch her any more rest in peace because she is in a better place than all of you no one person is perfect

  17. DonnaByTheSea says:

    We will be there in full force and you will NOT stop us. Like it or not. We do not intend to intrude on the family’s privacy. We are entitled to give Whitney her final ovation.

  18. Charlie Sheen's Rick James Crack Pipe Tribute Album says:

    BEFORE CHARLIE, RICK JAMES WAS THE KING OF FUNK CRACK.

    1. troooooooth says:

      yeah, rick knew how to rock the rock…

  19. Amused but not misled says:

    What a joke. A Police warning? Or perhaps because the 100’s of cops getting easy funeral OT duty might have to do something besides stand around at $40/hour getting pictures and autographs? This edict is rediculous

    A POLICE WARNING to stay away. Or what? You take away my birthday party. lol

    Another nobody pumped up with misguided self importance.

  20. yknipp says:

    The guest list is a tightly guarded secret……Give me a break…..

  21. niklu52 says:

    Stay away from the area, let the family morn in peace, that includes people from outside Newark and residents.

    1. yknipp says:

      OK Police Director

  22. susan says:

    the coroner will not have toxicology results for a few more weeks,so no one knows for certain how she died..it is all speculation..she had used drugs excessively in the past and went to a rehab center just last spring..the woman had a beautiful voice with a remarkable range,and in her heyday (80’s and early 90’s)she was revered for it..in the end, she was a human being, just like all of us..i dont think her memory should be treated with disrespect ,but i also feel she should not be elevated to godlike status..she was a very talented woman who made a great deal of money and as she aged,turned into more of a diva..the saddest part is her daughter …

  23. L says:

    I am aware that the funeral for Ms. WHitney Houston will be steamed live on Saturday. I would like to know for some of us who will not be able to view it can view one last time in the evening. That would be so helpful to those who cannot be home or working on that somber day.

  24. raj says:

    Yes Whitney is a musical hero! We all have broken plates of some sorts

    1. stephanie B brewis says:

      The world has certainly lost a true Angel!!She will never,ever be forgotten,and will continue to reach into our hearts&our souls with her beautiful music!!!We love you Whitney!!!!xoxoxooxoxo

  25. Aaron Waisler says:

    My sincere condolences to Whitney’s family, especially her daughter (whom I know personally) and her brother and sister-in-law (whom I also know personally). May she rest in peace and be in no more pain…streaming the service on-line is a neat idea and a gutsy idea considering what the family is going through right now. I definitely will be watching and praying alongside them. RIP Whitney Houston…we will always love you.

  26. Mike says:

    don’t get me wrong, I feel for her family and friends. But is this really the message that we are trying to send to the young. that if you are famous, do lots of drugs, have a lot of chances to get clean with people trying to help then do more drugs and pass way from it. That they will lower the flags to half staff (which is horrible to do since she is not an American hero), have tv coverage… tributes… and looked at as a hero/roll model? Look at the big picture, she was a performer that took a lot of horrible paths that SHE chose to take. I really hope children today do not look at her and think, I want to be that. It is a shame what happen but to have so much coverage on the news, and specials about her? really? What about the rest of the news and issue in the country and world wide. Can we hear about those on the news soon? RIP to Whitney, put please lets not make her a hero… save that for the ones that are defending out country and not the ones that destroyed their own lives.

    1. sk says:

      i agree! yes she was an incredible and talented singer but we are sending the wrog message by lowering the american flag! we are telling the youth that it is ok to do drugs b/c you get treated like a horo and why? because your’e famous!

  27. SAD DAY says:

    Where were all these so call star friends during this time that she needed help.They are just as bad as her family for not stepping in and helping her.She is to blame for taking drugs but her family and friends enabled her.All her famil cared about was getting money from her.It is sad how family can use and abuse you and when you die they mourn you not for you being gone but because there payday is gone.

    1. Jean says:

      As I remember it, her family (including her mother, Cissy) and friends held several interventions in an effort to get her off the junk and help her straighten out her life but she refused their efforts. She was an adult and no one could force her to change her ways. She continued on her downward spiral until she hit bottom, then made the changes necessary. Unfortunately, it was too late. Her mother was very successful and did not need to live off her daughter’s fame or money a la Lindsey Lohan or Michael Jackson. The real tragedy is that despite everyone’s efforts, she is still gone and her daughter has no mother

  28. Namukasa, Jane says:

    Let us all join hands to pray for the soul of Whitney Huston. May the good Lord grant her Internal Peace.
    We should also remember her daughter at this trying period.
    Let us also forgive Bobby Brown for any wrong he may have caused the late, and try to live in harmony.
    Rest in Peace Whitney Huston.

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