Though Whitney Houston's funeral service is invitation-only, millions of fans all around the world will be able to watch it on a live broadcast online. The deceased singer's publicist recently announced that the Associated Press will be allowed a single camera in the church, allowing the whole world the chance to mourn Houston's death with her close friends and family. The live-stream will be available on NBC New York's website.
Originally, the plan was to hold a public memorial at the 18,000 seat Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, however, the family decided to close the memorial service to the public, so they can mourn her death in peace. The addition of web-streaming isn't all that private, but as funeral director, Carolyn Whigham, previously said in a statement, "Whitney has shared her entire life with the public. This is her final farewell. Let her family share that time with her." The webcast comes as a bit of a compromise for passionate fans.
And given that Houston was such a monumental figure to the music industry, it's no surprise that a number of musical icons are expected to attend Saturday's funeral and pay their respects. In fact, an inside source revealed to NBC New York that legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin will pay tribute to the superstar by singing at some point during the services. Houston's rep told Access Hollywood that Stevie Wonder will perform as well.
Following the service, Houston will be buried at Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father was also laid to rest.
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