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Houston to Be Laid to Rest Next to Her Father

19 Feb 2012

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The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston leaves the Whigham Funeral Home on Saturday in Newark


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Whitney Houston will be buried today in a plot alongside her father, following Saturday's emotional and star-studded funeral service.

The singer, who died last week at the age of 48, will be laid to rest next to her father John at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. He was buried there in 2003, reports Sky News.

Houston's funeral saw some of the biggest names in entertainment pay tribute to her as part of a poignant "going home" service.

Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R Kelly and a host of gospel stars performed during the three-hour and 45-minute-long ceremony, while actor Kevin Costner fought back tears as he gave a moving eulogy.

Keys described Houston, as an "angel" and a "beautiful human being", while Costner, who starred with Houston in The Bodyguard, described her as the "greatest pop star in the world".

Her biggest hit, I Will Always Love You, was played as the marathon service at New Hope Baptist Church, where she performed as a child, came to a close and her coffin was sombrely taken back down the aisle.

But Houston's former husband Bobby Brown walked out of the heavily religious service, designed to be a celebration of her life and career.

He was seen to approach her flower-covered coffin at the front of the church and touch it before leaving.

Their tumultuous 15-year marriage came to an end in 2007 following allegations of domestic abuse and her much-publicised battle with drug addiction.

Houston was found under water in the bath in her hotel room of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last Saturday.

The death of the star, one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, prompted a worldwide outpouring of grief, but her family decided her funeral would be an invitation-only event with a single camera allowed to film it.

Despite the hundreds of mourners present, the Baptist service retained an intimate feel, with many personal tales of Houston recited to laughs and applause from the congregation, which included her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and mother Cissy Houston.

At the peak of her success Houston won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year, and sold millions of albums and singles worldwide.

But her career began to unravel as she battled with drug addiction, spending various spells in rehab. Her voice also began to suffer, prompting record sales to nosedive.

Houston appeared on the X Factor in Britain in 2009 and released a new album after seven years off the scene.

The cause of her death remains unclear and the results of toxicology tests are awaited.

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  • I wish i have the power to see death, the story would have been otherwise.

    From: Abdulrahman Ibrahim

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  • May she rest in the Lord. Thank u for the life well spent 2ru muzik. I'll always Love U

    From: oche j paul

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Houston, may ur soul rest in perfect peace.

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    Posted: 2 years ago

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