No Wake or Public Memorial Planned for Whitney Houston

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Funeral plans have been set for Whitney Houston, but there are surprisingly no plans for a wake or public memorial for the superstar.

Private services will take place on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark -- the same church where she got her start signing in the choir. Whigham Funeral Home is making the arrangements, telling the AP the ceremony starts at noon.

“The Houston family means a lot to this community, they have done a lot for this community, and being there for them is the best thing we can do as a community today,” church patron Shawn Cooper told NBC News.

Whitney passed away this past weekend, but the cause of death is still unknown. Authorities have said there were no signs of foul play or trauma. Toxicology tests can take weeks to conclude, so the world will have to wait to find out what happened that fateful Saturday afternoon. 

Fans will get one final tribute to the fallen star -- her movie Sparkle with Jordin Sparks.  All of Whitney's scenes have been filmed and the music completed. The studio plans to release the film and soundtrack later this year. 

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  • Anvar
    Anvar

    philbill43 I wouldn't mind her prnivog me wrong, but I think the meth and/or coke (whether crack or free-base) smoking has permanently damaged her lungs, if not her vocal cords (with less capacity she can no longer force the volume of air through them needed to hit some of those notes, so it *could* be her throat's still fine and she just needs aerobics and cardio workouts to regain the voice').

  • Iir
    Iir

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  • BABY_BOSS
    BABY_BOSS

    YOU COULD HAVE KEPT THAT TO YOURSELF. CAN YOU NOT LET HER REST IN PEACE? WOW... THAT NOT A GOOD LOOK DONNA.

  • Stookie
    Stookie

    Yuk. Doped up and out of it. Yeah we all have choices. She made hers.

  • Stookie
    Stookie

    Terrible. She looks really doped up. She just completely lost her looks, voice and obviously her mind.

  • Juan
    Juan

    She look really bad. Why people worship drug users? She die because she use too many drugs. No person to glorify.

  • Len
    Len

    Yikes, she looks awful. Really bloated and sweaty. Druggies never die with dignity

  • Donna
    Donna

    Wow she just looks so bad. A self-destructive person who died a very disgraceful death.

  • vernon
    vernon

    I really do believe that Whitney was murdered by executives at Arista records because she had become a liability to them no longer able to sing but stll under contract to be paid, people no longer wanted to see her live but preferred her records, unfortunately, record companies cannot make it on the recordings alone, they need public appearances in the form of concerts its the best way of promoting the record and the artist himself. this picture you see was posted on the website: BlackPlanet.com and underneath it the cption read "Is Whitney Houston suicidal?" 2 days later Whitney ends up dead.............. what a coincidence. The person who took the pictures probably wanted to create the illusion or the image that Whitney was suicidal hoping that once they kill her no one would suspect murder but quick to believe it was suicide and the y wold get away with it

  • Sweet T
    Sweet T

    Her body guard Ray Watson he is her sister in law Pat's brother

  • Sweet T
    Sweet T

    Whitney's sister in law and manager

  • Sweet T
    Sweet T

    Well she sure doesn't looked messed up to me.... Kayla you look messed up to me on your picture, but does that mean that you are really messed up....

  • Sweet T
    Sweet T

    People stop always trying to search for negativity in everything. Everyone has their faults...

  • Maple
    Maple

    Who is this man beside Whitney?

  • Maple
    Maple

    Who is this lady in the background?

  • NotEasy
    NotEasy

    I agree!!! Whitney u r gone but u will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!! Bless

  • Tam Tam Sukari
    Tam Tam Sukari

    I believe the media contributed big time to her stress level,why on earth dint you give her space???? you took Jackson now you took Her, its time you shape up.they are humans with emotion,Not robots, in the photos it show you were provoking her.

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    Dehua Liu

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  • msackyb
    msackyb

    people lets just pray for her to Rest In Peace....

  • Mary Jo Cowherd
    Mary Jo Cowherd

    I think that was best,too.Some people might try things.Where everybody grieves different,& since,she was a loving,and,beautiful person,its no telling,what one might do.Take care ,my idol,luv yu Whitney.

  • Nikki Ford Notymefordrama
    Nikki Ford Notymefordrama

    IM SO HAPPY WHITNEY MOTHER WILL NOT BE HAVEING A PUBLIC WAKE AND SERVICE SO THAT THE HATERS WANT BE ABLE TO SEE HER BODY...LOVE U WHITNEY R.I.P.