February 17, 2012

Whitney Houston's funeral goes global (3 PICS)

  • Whitney Houston's funeral to be streamed on the web
  • Funeral service is invitation only, with one camera filming
  • Service is expected to be a star-studded emotional event
THEY won't be there in person, but Whitney Houston's millions of fans will be able to watch her funeral service tomorrow on the internet and elsewhere.

The only video camera allowed inside the funeral in New Jersey will be provided by news agency AP.

It will stream the service on http://livestream.com/aplive. The event also will be available to broadcasters via satellite.

It will provide a much-needed connection for fans who have lacked a formal place to eulogise Houston, one of the world's best-selling artists who died in Los Angeles last Saturday aged 48.

Some have placed flowers outside the Newark church where the funeral will be held. It is invitation only at the request of Houston's family, who wish to maintain some privacy.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at what promises to be a very musical service.

An invitation went out to Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, agent Kristen Foster said, despite Houston family resentment towards him over their destructive relationship.

Also invited were Kevin Costner and Oprah Winfrey.

Houston's long-time musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the funeral, due to start early tomorrow (Melbourne time).

The eulogy will be given by gospel singer Marvin Winans, a family friend.

Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was a close family friend and considered Houston her goddaughter. Houston used to call her "Aunt Ree". Fans without invitations will be kept far away. Police say streets will be shut down for six blocks.

There were several dozen fans outside the New Jersey church yesterday, taking pictures of the makeshift memorial outside.

Investigators have not said what medications they recovered from Houston's room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The singer was found under water in a bathtub by a member of her staff hours before she was to attend a swank pre-Grammys gala.

Police have said there were no signs of foul play. Toxicology results are not expected for weeks.

Watch live coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral from 4am on Sunday
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