Whitney Houston’s official cause of death is: drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and has ruled her death an accident.
The toxicology report also states: “Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.”
Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday, February 19th at Fairview Cemetery next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003. The burial was a private “family only” service.
Fans gathered along the motorcade route from the Newark funeral home to the Westfield cemetery to say their last goodbyes.
Being in the music and entertainment industry isn’t always as glamorous as it may seem, and though all the words spoken by those at Houston’s Saturday service were beautiful, Ray Watson ended his speech with words worthy of transcribing.
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Funeral service will be a touching celebration of the legendary Whitney Houston’s life.
Aretha Franklin is sick and will not be attending or performing as scheduled at Houston’s funeral. Programs have been revised, and Alicia Keys, R Kelly and others will be performing.
Pastor Marvin Winans (Married Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in 1992) – Will Deliver Eulogy
Rev. Joe A. Carter (Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church) – Will Officiate Service
Stevie Wonder – Scheduled To Perform
Aretha Franklin – Scheduled To Perform
Alicia Keys – Scheduled To Perform
R Kelly – Scheduled To Perform
Kevin Costner – Will Deliver Speech
Clive Davis – Will Say A Few Words
Bounce TV, the nation’s first and only broadcast television network for African Americans, will carry the funeral of Whitney Houston live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12 Noon Eastern/9:00 a.m. Pacific.
Bounce TV’s airing of the service is expected to be the only broadcast television network coverage of the funeral live, in its entirety and without interruption.
For Bounce TV local channel locations and listings, visit (http://www.bouncetv.com) or Bounce TV’s Facebook page.
BET News and CENTRIC to Broadcast Live Coverage of Whitney Houston’s Funeral Services This Saturday, February 18 Beginning at 11:30AM ET, Followed by a One Hour Original Special “BET REMEMBERS WHITNEY” at 7:00PM
The woman, the wonder, the legend….BET and CENTRIC honor the memory of Whitney Houston with a BET News special LIVE: THE HOMEGOING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON premiering this Saturday, February 18, followed by BET REMEMBERS WHITNEY, a one-hour special commemorating the woman best known as The Voice.
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On Saturday, flags at New Jersey’s government buildings will be flown at half-staff in honor of Whitney Houston. Due to overwhelming messages and outrage, we’d like your opinion on this.
After initial reports of a public service at the 18,000 seat Prudential Center in New Jersey, Houston’s family released an announcement stating: the services will be private, and held on Saturday at the church where Houston sang growing up.
The service will be held at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, which holds an estimated 1,500 people, for invited guests only. However, it will be broadcast live. Funeral director Carolyn Whigham, who is handling the services said, “Her publicist has chosen one person who will be allowed into the sanctuary and who will be streaming (video) to you all.”
Whigham added that jumbo screens would be set up outside the New Hope Baptist Church, allowing fans of the singer to watch the ceremony. The ceremony is said to begin at noon (1700 GMT).
A-listers on the guest list are said to include: Aretha Franklin, Jesse Jackson and Tyler Perry among others.
TMZ reported: Houston will be buried in the family plot near her father at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, about 10 miles from the church.
A private Gulfstream III jet, reportedly owned by Tyler Perry, carried the pop icon’s body from California’s Van Nuys airport to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport where a hearse and several cars awaited. The multiplatinum-selling artist’s body was then taken to the Whigham Funeral Home in Houston’s hometown of Newark to be prepared for interment.
A public memorial service will take place Friday at the 18,000 seat Prudential Center arena on a first-come first-serve basis, with reserved seating for VIP’s. The family has not confirmed if the service will be televised.