Update: Whitney’s Funeral Is Set For Saturday At New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ And It’s Private


Whitney Houston’s body was flown into Teterboro airport last night and driven by hearse with a police escort to Whigham Funeral home in Newark, New Jersey.

A large crowd was gathered at the funeral home outside. Cissy Houston, the singer’s mother, was waiting inside, police said.

The funeral for the pop superstar will be held on Saturday 12 Noon at her home church, New Hope Baptist, according to the owner of the funeral home handling the arrangements. 

The private ceremony is open to invited guests only, Whigham said. Reporters will remain outside.

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95 thoughts on “Update: Whitney’s Funeral Is Set For Saturday At New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ And It’s Private

  1. Watch ABCNews World News Tonight for parts of the 2002 interview we didn’t see and what Whitney said would happen to her in 2012.

    http:// abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/02/whitney-houston-the-biggest-devil-is-me

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  2. I think Whitney was just overwhelmingly sad. Now I don’t think Whitney intentionally killed herself, I think she just wanted to numb the pain. Remember her friend (perhaps lover) Robin Crawford? Sent her packing cuz Bobby didn’t like her. Her father died angry at her over some Bobby shiggety. All those years of bank rolling his whole damn family — and he stood by and allowed them to take pictures of her drug fueled mess and sell them to the tabloids. She may have been into some drugs before Bobby, but their co-dependency seemed to be all consuming.

    Remember the miscarriages before and after Bobbi Kristina (she so desperately wanted a child/children by this man)? Skip to the present — Bobby appears to have completely moved on past her; he seems to be pretty much OK. New woman, new baby, new contract, new life. Where was poor Whitney — no contract, no career, no voice, no real man; not able to tap into the true sources of love that had always sustained her (JESUS, Mama, child, family, church) due to the Satanic smoke screen of drugs, enablers, leeches, fear, shame, ego, what have you.

    Y’all, I think Whitney was just sooo, sooo, sooo SAD.

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  3. SHE DIED AND IT WASN’T NATURAL

    ALTHOUGH UNFORTUNATE, WHITNEY HAS STRUGGLED TO GET HER LIFE AND CAREER BACK ON TRACK

    HER DEATH WAS SUICIDE REGARDLESS OF INTENTIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL, IT WAS HER TIME AND GOD CALLED HER HOME TO REST SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE TO SUFFER ANYMORE

    IT IS WHAT IT IS, CELEBRATE HER LIFE & REJOICE THAT SHE IS NO LONGER IN PAIN

    JMO

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  4. I have been in constant prayer for Bobbi Kris and Cissy. I am devastated. I’ve been listening to Whitney sing I love the Lord constantly. She loved the Lord and he knew her heart. I take comfort in knowing that she is now resting ln his arms.

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  5. Was I the only one that felt that the Whitney tribute was kinda weak…I know it was last minute but they could have given Jennifer more time and cut Nikki Minaj’s mini movie out of the show completely…it was so tasteless. And everytime Rihanna opened her mouth I got re-upset by the fact that Whitney is gone RiRi really just needs to model…

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  6. I pray for her family especially her daughter.. I can’t imagine losing a mom at such a young age… I hope she had everything in place for her so that she won’t be taken advantage of by the vampires that will try to take advantage of this little girls unfortunate situation.

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    • Felicia: It is just too easy for celebrities to get their hands on prescription drugs. When a regular Joe has the same symptoms as a celebrity, they get a 10 mg pill, but a celebrity gets an 80 mg pill. These people are killing themselves. They are just so use to getting anything they want….money talks….brokey can stay without meds.

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      • It is just too easy for celebrities to get their hands on prescription drugs. When a regular Joe has the same symptoms as a celebrity, they get a 10 mg pill, but a celebrity gets an 80 mg pill. These people are killing themselves.
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        From my understanding she was taking anxiety pills before the big party and it was normal for her to do so.

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  7. I really hate she is gone….but God knows best… She won’t have to suffer no more… May God give her family strength to deal with her death.. RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON…YOU WILL FOREVER BE MISSED

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  8. None the less…….

    RIP Whitney. I loved her voice regardless. It just makes me think that a little care can ultimately save someone’s life. Whitney had to make her own decisions regardless of the situation or whatever is presented to her. Her music is what I will remember.

    WE ARE A RESULT OF WHAT WE CHOOSE TO BE….

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  9. MAY HER SOUL FIND PEACE SHE COULDN’T FIND HERE ON EARTH . I PRAY HER DAUGHTER FINDS SOME KIND OF ACCEPTANCE AND UNDERSTANDING..

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    • I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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      I don’t blame him for her death at all…she was grown and knew what she was doing…but he definitely used her to his advantage IMO…

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    • I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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      For real. If you know Whitney, you KNOW that nobody tells Whit what to do. Nobody!

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    • I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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      WHITNEY made her own decisions…it was the blind leading the blind…. i blame her inner circle … but in typical “industry” fashion they were using her as well…. I am just going to say may she rest in peace… i think she committed suicide but that is my personal opinion… no way you take all them drugs… and then get in the tub… WTH

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    • WHY DO WE HAVE TO BLAME ANYBODY BUT WHITNEY? SHE WAS AN ADDICT.. AND SHE WAS AN ADULT THAT MADE HER OWN DECISIONS… GOD CALLED HER HOME LETS LEAVE IT AT THAT…. BLAMING OTHERS FOR A HUMAN LIFE IS TERRIBLE AND DIRTY AS FUCK!

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    • I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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      I’ve watched numerous interviews of Whitney during her last years over the weekend. The most poignant thing she said was during an interview with Diane Sawyer. She said she is her own worst enemy and that no one tells her what to do. Whitney did what she wanted. No one MADE her do anything.

      No matter the reason for her death, it came way too soon. And instead f vilifying her, I would rather celebrate her talent, her voice, and her life. Because up until the last 10 years or so, Whitney lived the life of dreams.

      We will always love you, Nippy!

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    • When you’re an addict, you have to be careful of the company you keep. In this case she CHOSE to marry a man she liked, who drinks and parties hard. Knowing this is his MO, she should have chosen to not be with him. Unless there’s pictures of him holding a gun to her telling her head telling her to chug, and swallow, it was a choice she made. Unfortunate but true.
      I have a girlfriend that’s a straight out whore, will I EVER take her around my man? NO, because she will CHOOSE to give him her puzzay and I don’t want to end up on Snapped via the First 48

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    • I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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      I’m pretty sure Whit did what the phuck she wanted to do, so nobody mader her do anything that she wasnt willing to do.

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    • Again, no one is BLAMING anyone…at least I’M not…I’m just acknowledging folks around her who did not have her best interest at heart…

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    • @Y’all,
      I will pray for her daughter because regardless of what happened that child got to live on … we can debate who, what, when, how and why she died but guess what she DEAD…. the method or manner will not bring her back… let this be a wake up call to ALL ADDICTS…. food, drug, alcohol, sex, internet, TV, drama, …. we gonna all keep going to the well until one day the bottom of the bucket gonna drop out….

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    • I know that everyone should be held accountable for their own actions but why would they give a recovering addict a shyt load of prescription drugs? Why compensate her illegal drugs with prescribed ones

      Same thing with Wayne. He has a known syrup addiction but its acceptable because its prescribed now.

      Not speaking ill will but I hope this is a wake call for Rhianna.

      Still *praying* for Krissy. That child has got 2be catchin hell right now

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    • Her actions had consequences. All of our actions do. But it doesn’t lessen the blow. Death is death regardless of how it happens. She had a daughter who is now motherless – she had a family, she had friends.

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  10. I hope and ‘pray’ Whitney finds the peace she has been looking for that she just could not find on earth.

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  11. Did anybody consider that Whitney found herself a young boo thang that was prolly blowing her back out and she LOVED it after being with Bobby for so long?.

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  12. I still say: Bobby Brown influenced her…
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    I’ve watched numerous interviews of Whitney during her last years over the weekend. The most poignant thing she said was during an interview with Diane Sawyer. She said she is her own worst enemy and that no one tells her what to do. Whitney did what she wanted. No one MADE her do anything.

    No matter the reason for her death, it came way too soon. And instead f vilifying her, I would rather celebrate her talent, her voice, and her life. Because up until the last 10 years or so, Whitney lived the life of dreams.

    We will always love you, Nippy!

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  13. The thing that gets into my crawl is that people mistaken opinion for TABERNACLE! If my opinion differs from yours, don’t mean i’m wrong and vice versa! I hate when ppl wanna go back and forth w/you about your opinion…especially if it differs from that of theirs!

    I say that’s communication..it’s what makes the world go ’round and if we ALL had the same thought process, MY GAWD, MY GAWD how even more screwed would this world be!

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  14. Daymn 😦

    I’ve ALWAYS loved Whitney we’ve been jamming to her stuff ALL WEEKEND LONG!!!!!!!

    RIP Whitney!!!!!

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  15. I don’t care what caused her death..that’s irrelevant! My prayers are with her mother and daughter. Can’t even begin to imagine what they’re going through.

    Thank you God for blessing us with one your angels for 48 years with an amazing voice that touched so many souls…

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  16. The coroner is on TV saying he did NOT tell the family that there was no water in her lungs. He’s denying he told the family anything…I just watched him on the news.

    Any whoodle…I miss my Whitney…gone too soon. RIP Queen!!

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  17. I’m sure Whitneys family is mourning, but more so for the lost spirit in her before things went haywire! A lifestyle of constant punishment on the body at some point will takes it’s toll! may her soul finally be at peace!

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  18. Still find it hard to believe. Whitney got some money hungry, opportunistic family members. I hate when people say they knew it was coming.

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  19. On the flip side couldn’t Whitney have decided to just be around her mother Cissy…I’m sure Cissy was not inviting her to clubs or parties…I’m sure that woman was praying for her only daughter…we choose who we allow in our life…she chose to surround herself with those into the party life and such

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  20. When I heard about the whole Xanax situation, I am concerned with that medication because I know that stuff can have you knocked out in minutes. My mom takes that or used to, and she says that medication is potent. I believe the best medication for recovering addicts is support, from family and friends, not medications that can ultimately kill you if taken in excess. Also acupunture helps.

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  21. Watching the show ‘Being Bobby Brown’ made me realize how normal he was and how messed up she was…I’m just being honest here…and I heard that SHE introduced Bobby to the nose candy…not that it matters now, but I definitely acknowledge her role in her problem… at any rate, I’m sad that she’s gone…we all have demons… 😦

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  22. I hope they give her a send off similar to that of Michael Jackson’s. Her celebrity is definitely that big. I hope we are all invited Like when Katherine Jackson invited us into the staples center to witness the impact Michael had on the world. The same I hope Cissy would allow to go for Whitney because she is that big of a star. Michael had a send off that was coordinated to perfection. Hope we can see Whitney’s as well. For real.

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  23. The music lives on but in the end she was only human, talented for certain, and beautiful, but only human… A tragedy for her loved ones, who will ask “why?” for the rest of their lives. There’s no good answer.

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  24. Now is the time to remember the greatness and the talen that was, is and will always be Whitney Houston! God bless her family, friends and her millions of fans as we all come to grips with her passing….RIP WHITNEY!!! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!

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  25. Sad for all of her family but especially her daughter, and her mother. I heard that her and her daughter were inseparable, they did so much together and were very, very close. Poor girl.

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    • I think it’s good that her mother brought her home.
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      Whitney traveled all over the world but will be buried right where her father is. Mama knows best!

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      • I think it’s good that her mother brought her home.
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        Whitney traveled all over the world but will be buried right where her father is. Mama knows best!
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        First they claimed the funeral was gonna be at newark’s Prudential center but I didn’t think so. How is her mother gonna by-pass the church where she serves?

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      • First they claimed the funeral was gonna be at newark’s Prudential center
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        that was all talk, her mama takin her to new hope where she grew up and was known.

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    • That’s gonna be some funeral I wonder if it will be televised?
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      well atleast we know the services will be private. her mama knows the media wanna be nosey. bad enuff they already speculating.

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    • No public funeral, Cissy Houston asked NJ to halt on that one.
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      can you imagine a public viewing in Newark, NJ? They don’t have enuff man power of police to accomodate the people.

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  26. I like that,.. Whitney was a mom/daughter 1st and a celebrity last, her life should be celebrated as such. people don’t understand that celebrities are people too, even in death and should have their private moments respected as such. Please let this family mourn in private. I still don’t understand how people who have NEVER MET HER are talking about going to the funeral,..

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    • @Tabatha,
      Ion get that one, there are some fans that may want 2 pay their respect, she was a mega star, I respect thier choice but is that what Whitney would have wanted

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    • Cissy aint playing lol, love it!!!
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      you can tell Cissy is grounded and humble. a true woman of God. who ain’t down with the fanfare

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  27. Cissy was probably disgusted at how Whitney’s peers still grinned, danced and boozed the night away as her only daughter lay in rigor mortis only hundreds of feet away.

    You cold, heartless bishes won’t get any photo ops on Cissy Houston’s time.

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  28. WOW! I guess now folks can’t pay their respects (like they want to). Watch somebody will have something to say about why the family SHOULD let the public view and yip yap yip!

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  29. I’m sure they just aren’t feeling the possibility of it becoming a “star-studded event” and I can totally understand that…

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  30. Im confused…so celebrities should be ready and not mad about the spotlight cause they get “paid”…but when they die the same ppl that “paid” them shouldnt mourn..okay..

    I respect Cissy’s choice for sure. I hope they plan another for the ppl who cared about Whitney but will not be invited to the traditional funeral. The church only holds 300 ppl.

    Maybe a celebration of life of sorts.

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  31. With all that the family is going through, including Bobbi Kris being hospitalized, I think they made the best choice. I honestly thought MJ’s funeral was a bit “too much”. It was his family’s wishes though so, i’m not passing judgement, just vmo.

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  32. people are talking as if it is a concert or in hopes they might meet such and such. A funeral is for friends and family to mourn not for OPPORTUNIST

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    • A funeral is for friends and family to mourn not for OPPORTUNIST
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      @Tamala:
      Yeah “The Opportunist” Aspect just DISGUST ME Severely Though & They’re coming out LIKE VULTURES (Right Now…)

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  33. I can understand the funeral service for the family being private to keep it from being a show of who’s who, buy the public service for the fans.
    MJ had 1 for the fans & 1 for family & close friends

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  34. Im sure Clive will hold a memorial of some sorts but I also think Whitney had ALOT of hanger on’s and this can eliminate them from coming since its invite only

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    • Im sure Clive will hold a memorial of some sorts
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      I assumed he held his memorial already, on Sunday, in the same hotel where Whitney’s body lay.

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  35. CISSY IS IN CONTROL AND FOR ONCE WHITNEY DON’T HAVE A SAY., SO CISSY GON DO IT HER WAY! SHE GON HAVE HAVE HER FUNERALIZE WITHOUT THE PUBLIC AND WHITNEY’S SO CALLED FRIENDS.

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  36. Cissy isn’t up for all that hoopla, understandably so, but has anyone this famous ever been buried without some public ceremony? I’m sure this won’t be well received

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    • Cissy isn’t up for all that hoopla, understandably so, but has anyone this famous ever been buried without some public ceremony? I’m sure this won’t be well received
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      and i’m sure cissy don’t give a fuck either

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  37. this can be ok to a certian degree, your child made her life as a public figure so why go private now, I dont get this. there were people that loved whitney as a friend sister and artist. SO OVER THIS CHAOS

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