Video: Top stars line out for Houston funeral
Published 18/02/2012 | 05:00
ALICIA Keys and actor Kevin Costner will take part in the funeral of Whitney Houston along with the pop star's godmother Aretha Franklin, her cousin Dionne Warwick, and singer Stevie Wonder, her family spokeswoman said.
Ms Houston will be laid to rest on Saturday after the noon service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where she performed while growing up.
Police have urged the thousands of fans expected to crowd the area to stay home and watch the funeral, which will be broadcast live on television.
The singer died in a Beverly Hills hotel room almost a week ago on the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards. She was found underwater in a bathtub in her hotel room, according to police.
Other top names taking part include Ms Houston's mentor Clive Davis, and Hollywood actor and producer Tyler Perry, who donated his plane to fly Ms Houston's body from Los Angeles to Newark.
Singer Elton John, Beyonce, rapper Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby are also expected to attend the service. It is not yet known if Ms Houston's ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown, will attend.
The death of the beloved pop star, who had a history of addiction to alcohol and cocaine, stunned the music world, her family and her fans.
Police planned to lock down the streets near today's private funeral and have said there will be no procession from the funeral home to the church.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office has not released details of an initial autopsy and is awaiting results of tests for drugs, alcohol and other substances that may have been in her system.
Officials investigating her death have also issued subpoenas for her medical records after finding prescription drugs in her hotel room.
In Los Angeles, two radio DJs were suspended after making disparaging comments about Ms Houston and her addiction to drugs.