Whitney Houston’s funeral to be held at her childhood church this weekend

Singer will be laid to rest on Saturday (February 18) in New Jersey

Whitney Houston‘s funeral will take place this Saturday (February 18) in the New Jersey Church that she attended and sang in as a child.

The singer passed away last Saturday (February 11) at the age of 48. She was being discovered underwater and unconscious in a bath at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

The funeral will take place at 5pm (GMT), which is 12pm (EST), in Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church. The singer’s body was flown from California to Newark on Monday (February 13) and was driven to the funeral home in a gold hearse.

Speaking to BBC News, Carolyn Whigham, who runs the funeral home, said the service would be invitation only and would largely just be attended by the singer’s family. She said of this: “They have shared her for 30 some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell.”

Though it has been widely reported that the singer died as a result of an overdose of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol, police have said it may take up to eight weeks for her cause of death to be formally confirmed.

A police spokesman has said that although prescription drugs were present in the singer’s room, reports that they were involved in her death were still only “rumours and speculation”.

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