Whitney Houston's funeral will be held today (18 Feb 2012) in her home town of Newark, New Jersey. Fans and stars are expected to pay tribute to Whitney Houston who was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverley Hills Hotel last weekend.
The service will take place at New Hope Baptist Church and this is actually where Houston sang in a gospel choir with her mother Cissy when she was only 11-years-old. Already fans have been gathering outside to write messages and lay flowers. The ceremony itself will be private and by invitation only. Family friend Reverend Jesse Jackson told Sky News that Cissy, who had a strong faith, wanted to bring her daughter home: 'I think the parents at some point just wanted to just have her for themselves for a moment. She's been out there so long, and people had her all these years. I think they finally wanted to reduce the circus atmosphere and make it about the church.' Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner and godmother Aretha Franklin are all expected to make appearances at the funeral, whilst one camera will be allowed inside the church in order to stream footage of the ceremony.
Whitney Houston will be buried at the Fairview cemetery in nearby Westfield, close to her father John was also buried there in 2003.