Published Feb 16, 2012Fans will not be able to attend R&B singer Whitney Houston's private funeral this Saturday (February 18), but they'll be able to stream it online.
Houston's family has given the Associated Press the okay to film and broadcast the ceremony, which takes place at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. Houston, who passed away last Saturday (February 11) in a Beverly Hills hotel room of a suspected overdose, grew up singing at the New Jersey church.
A eulogy will be delivered by Grammy-winning singer and close family friend Marvin Winans, and afterwards Houston will be buried in Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, NJ, where her father John Russell Houston, Jr. also lays.
Fans will be able to live stream the broadcast at livestream.com/aplive. The funeral will also be able to view via satellite.
Meanwhile, investigations are still attempting to uncover the cause of the vocalist's death. Officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have subpoenaed records from Houston's doctors and pharmacies who prescribed and dispensed the medication found in her hotel room. The singer was found underwater in a bathtub by hotel staff, with drugs including Valium, Xanax, Lorazepam, ibuprofen, Midol and Amoxicillin nearby.
Toxicology reports confirming whether or not drugs were in Houston's system at the time of her death are expected to be revealed sometime in the next couple of weeks.