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Whitney's funeral to be streamed live

entertainment Updated: Feb 17, 2012 11:00 IST

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Whitney Houston’s fans will be able to witness the late singer’s funeral as it will be streamed live on the internet. Although it is said to be a private affair, the public wishing to pay their respects to Houston will be able to do so online, as she is laid to rest.

“Her publicist has chosen one person who will be allowed into the sanctuary and who will be streaming [video] to you all,” News.com.au quoted Carolyn Whigham, whose Newark funeral home is handling preparations for Houston’s service as saying.

Whigham also said that jumbo screens would be set up outside the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston’s hometown - contradicting earlier police advice. The screens would let fans of the singer to watch the ceremony.

However, Newark police chief Samuel DeMaio told The Star-Ledger that there would be no funeral procession and no public screens set up, at the request of Houston’s family.

The ceremony, due to begin at noon local time Saturday, is by invitation only.

According to CNN, Chaka Khan, Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick, and members of the Winans gospel music family are among the expected attendees.


Franklin's spokeswoman said that Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, has been asked to sing at the service.

Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Houston family friend said that he was asked to preside over the funeral by Houston’s mother, Cissy.

He said he will travel to New Jersey on Friday.

There has been speculations that the R & B queen may be buried alongside her father, John Houston at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, who died in 2003.

Though she will not be remembered in a public service, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he planned to honour Houston across the state by ordering flags to fly at half-staff on the day of the funeral.