Whitney Houston's funeral will be held on Feb. 18, in the Newark, New Jersey church where she sang as a child. Her body arrived from L.A. just before midnight Monday at the Whigham Funeral Home in that city.
Funeral home officials, security guards and fans were there to greet a golden hearse that carried the body of the singer, who at 48 died in the Beverly Hills Hilton on Saturday. The exact cause of her death has not been determined. It is known she was intending to attend a Grammy Awards party that night.
"Ms. Houston was apparently discovered in the bathtub by a member of her personal staff," Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told media on Monday. Rosen said that the singer was found unconscious and paramedics were called but were unable to get her to respond. Houston struggled for years with substance abuse but police say they can't comment on whether drugs had anything to do with her death.
Whitney Houston: well-loved in music industry
While a private ceremony, fans are expected to gather outside of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. Houston, who was married to singer Bobby Brown for years and had an 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown with him, was well-loved in the music community and many from that world are expected to attend.
She was the cousin of singer Dionne Warwick, the god daughter of Aretha Franklin (Houston's mom, Cissy, sang in Franklin's back-up group) and a close friend of singer Chaka Khan.