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Stars To Attend Houston's Homegoing Service

Kevin Winter/WireImage(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Whitney Houston’s casket arrived at Newark, N.J.’s New Hope Baptist Church today while mourners began streaming into the church in preparation for the star’s 12 p.m. funeral.

The singer will be buried Sunday in Westfield N.J.’s Fairview Cemetery. She will be laid to rest next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003. Media will be able to start setting up at 6 a.m. Sunday and arrangements for street closures have been made.

The Saturday event will be a “going home service,” which is more upbeat than a traditional funeral.

On Friday night, members of Houston’s family and inner circle were seen getting out of gold limousines for a private viewing at a funeral home. Among them were Bobbi Kristina, Cissy Houston and Clive Davis.

Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, is expected to attend. Brown performed in Maryland Thursday night and is scheduled to perform in Connecticut following the Saturday service.

He was by the side of his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, for much of this week. She was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston’s Feb. 11 death.

“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better,” Brown said in an email statement to Tuesday. “We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother’s death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected.”

One of Houston’s family members told ABC News that while many people in the family don’t want Brown to attend the funeral, they can’t stop him because of his connection with Bobbi

Houston’s record producer from the start of her career, Clive Davis, will speak also eulogize the singer.

New Jersey’s Star-Ledger reported that Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will attend, along with the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Others confirmed on the guest list are Chaka Khan, Bebe and CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Brandy and Ray J, the singer Houston was rumored to be in a relationship with before her death on Saturday.

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Etta James Is Terminally Ill, Doctor Says

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Blues singer Etta James, who has been suffering from chronic leukemia, is terminally ill, her doctor said.

Dr. Elaine James, who is unrelated to the singer and has been living with her since March 2010, is now asking James’ fans to pray for her.

“I am Southern and Christian and would just ask for the prayers of her fans and friends,” Elaine James said, according to the Press-Enterprise.

“They know she’s been sick, but not how sick,” Elaine James said.

Court documents show that James also suffers from dementia and kidney failure.

The 73-year-old entertainer, who is most famous for the hit song “At Last,” is now under the 24-hour care of Elaine James, who was hired by the singer’s husband, Artis Mills, in 2001.

In the 1960s and 1970s, James was in and out of rehab programs for a heroin addiction. In 1974, she spent 17 months in the hospital after she was arrested for drug possession and sentenced to drug treatment instead of prison time.

James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008. She has won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards, and was named number 22 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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G-Funk Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41 

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nate Dogg, who rose to fame as part of the West Coast's G-Funk rap scene, has died at the age of 41, reports MTV.  The cause of death was not announced, but Dogg, whose birth name was Nathaniel Hale, had been suffering from health issues following two major strokes, one of which left him partially paralyzed.  According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, his family announced his death on Tuesday.

Nate Dogg was a founding member of the rap group 213, which included a then-unknown Warren G and Snoop Dogg.  He was eventually featured on Warren G's smash "Regulate," and Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album The Chronic. A four-time Grammy nominee, Dogg was also heard singing the hooks on Ludacris' "Area Codes," Eminem's "Shake That" and Dre and Snoop's "The Next Episode." His solo albums included 1998's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, which featured Tupac Shakur, Snoop, Warren G and Daz Dillinger.

Following Nate's death, Snoop Dogg tweeted, "We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B.  One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was sophomore at Poly High where we met. I love you Buddy Luv. You will always be with me forever and a day, you put the "G" in G-Funk, you put the 1 in 213 and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with."  He added, "I miss you, cuz, I am so sad, but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven, 'cause you know the slogan...All doggs go to heaven."

Ludacris and Daz Dillinger also tweeted their condolences at Nate's passing, as did Game, Xzibit, Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu.

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Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

Photo Courtesy - Getty/Wire Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Grammy-nominated R&B singer Teena Marie, who scored a hit in 1984 with Lovergirl reportedly died Saturday night at her Pasadena, California home at the age of 54. A cause of death is not yet known.

Her publicist tells CNN that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago. Teena Marie, whose birth name was Mary Christine Brockert, signed with Motown Records in 1976 and released her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful", three years later.

That disc included the songs I’m a Sucker For Your Love and Déjà Vu (I’ve Been Here Before). The Rick James Protégée enjoyed success with the single Lovergirl, which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her 13th and most recent studio album, Congo Square, was released last year. Teena Marie had a handful of tour dates lined up for early 2011, including a stop in Atlanta on New Year's Day.

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