No Wake or Public Memorial Planned for Whitney Houston
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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