* Thoughts and prayers continue for the Houston family. Wonderful service, Thank You for sharing Whitney one last time with us. XoXo, Jenn
Whitney Houston Coming Home Service Highlights:
1. Tyler Perry needs his own church (Go Typer Perry! Amen!)
2. Kevin Costner admits he is white, liked to take communion shots pretending to be a cowboy, witnessed Whitney’s “meltdown.”
3. Al Sharpton rolled his eyes after everything Ray said in his speech
4. R. Kelley… Got good-looking?!
5. Bobby Brown bounced before service began
6. Crazy Whitney
7. Love lasts forever, because God is love.
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to see Kevin Costner and Clive Davis’ speeches, photos, tributes, and why Bobby Brown bounced before she even came home [TMZ]
Whitney Houston Memorial
Houston’s family has asked for privacy, and authorities say there’s nothing for fans to see, as they can’t even get within six square blocks of the church, located in Houston’s hometown.
Below are more details about the memorial, taking place a week after Houston died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age of 48.
Who will be there?
Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the private funeral on Saturday in what promises to be a very musical service.
Invitations went out to Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown; her co-star in “The Bodyguard,” Kevin Costner; and Oprah Winfrey.
Houston’s longtime musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the service..
Others who will be part of the program include Donnie McClurkin, Tyler Perry, Kim Burrell, Rickey Minor, Alicia Keys, Dionne Warwick and Cece Winans. Also expected are Elton John, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Bill Cosby, according to some media reports.
Ray J, who spent time with Houston a few days before she passed, is also expected to attend.
TMZ.com reports that family members invited Mel Gibson to the memorial, but he can’t make it due to a family commitment.
But will Bobby Brown attend?
Brown has been invited to Houston’s funeral, according to his publicist. He has a New Edition show the same night in Connecticut, which he plans to attend.
He paid tribute to Houston again in concert on Thursday night while on stage with New Edition.
“I’d like to say thank you for your prayers,” he told the crowd, according to the New York Daily News. “Life is life,” he continued. “You have to move on sometimes. I love her like I love God.”
What will the service be like?
Houston’s family is gathering in Newark, N.J. on Friday night for a private viewing of the late singer. Her childhood church, New Hope Baptist, will host the memorial on Saturday with about 1,500 guests.
The eulogy will be given by gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend. When asked why there’s no public service, Winans told CNN that Houston’s family didn’t “want to have a parade.”
Houston’s final resting place will be next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who was buried there in 2003. She’ll be will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. after funeral services on Saturday.
What’s the latest with medical records and toxicology report?
In Los Angeles, investigators for the coroner’s office have subpoenaed records from the singer’s doctors and pharmacies who dispensed medication found in the hotel room where she died.
A source told CNN that Houston was drinking heavily in the days before her death. She was spotted ordering alcoholic beverages by the pool and in the lobby as early as 10 a.m., according to the insider.
Officials said there were no signs of foul play or trauma on her body when an autopsy was conducted on Sunday.
It will be weeks before toxicology results reveal the medications and quantities, if any, that were in Houston’s system when she died. The Grammy winner’s history of substance abuse has added to the speculation that her death may have been caused by prescription drugs.
Houston’s death certificate listed her cause of death as “deferred,” so authorities will wait for the toxicology report.