New Jersey Police Chief tells Whitney Houston fans to stay away from her funeral

Singer will be laid to rest tomorrow (February 18) at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church

A New Jersey Police Chief has strongly advised Whitney Houston fans to stay away from the singer’s funeral.

Houston’s funeral will take place later today (February 18) in the New Jersey Church that she attended and sang in as a child. The funeral will take place at 5pm (GMT), which is 12pm (EST), in Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church. It will be streamed live on the internet.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio has issued a warning to the singer’s fans and has said that there will be “nothing to see at the church.” He has instead advised people to watch the service on television instead.

DeMaio told “I would advise the public that there really is going to be nothing to see here at the church. The best thing to do would be to stay home and watch the service on television. The privacy the family is seeking for the funeral. The Newark Police Department is going to do everything they can to ensure that.”

Whitney Houston passed away last Saturday (February 11) at the age of 48, after she was discovered underwater and unconscious in a bath at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

Her co-star from her 1992 film The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, is set to speak at her funeral. Record label boss and the man who signed her, Clive Davis, will also speak and Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the service.