Friends and relatives gathered at the Whitney Houston of the American singer’s funeral in the town of Newark in New Jersey - At a ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church, where he once sang a little Whitney in the church choir, there is one and a half thousand people. The body of Whitney Houston will be buried in the local cemetery, near the grave of her father.
Adopted strict security measures surrounded the church, people without invitations to it are not allowed, for them and other fans of the singer farewell ceremony is broadcast on the Internet. A week ago, Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles. The cause of her death is not fully established, so as not received the results of toxicological examination.
In the Church of New Hope a young Whitney sang in the choir, which led her mother. Among those invited to the funeral of the singer has a lot of celebrities from the world of cinema and show business.
Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin were to perform their own songs, but later found out that Franklin was seriously ill and unable to attend. Speeches made by Kevin Costner, who starred with Whitney in the movie “The Bodyguard” and Clive Davis, who was the musical director of the singer.
The scene will act as a cousin Dionne Warwick and Whitney singer Alicia Keys. In the farewell ceremony also attended by ex-husband Bobby Brown, Whitney and their daughter Bobbi Kristina. The ceremony is broadcast live on the Internet, on the news page of the BBC B, starting from 1700 GMT (21:00 GMT).
On Friday evening, close relatives of the deceased farewell to the body in the funeral hall in Newark.
Whitney Houston was one of the most successful singers in pop history. The general circulation of the plates exceeded 170 million copies, and the peak of popularity came in the second half of the 80th and first half of the 90s. Check out the gallery below: