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Saturday
Feb182012

Family and Friends Send Whitney Houston Home

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Two of the most important women in Whitney Houston's life, her mother Cissy Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, were joined by mourners at an invitation-only "home going" ceremony at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Saturday.

Kevin Costner remembered his The Bodyguard co-star as someone who shared the same interests and values. Both grew up in the Baptist church, a bond he said they shared over the years of their friendship.

Costner recalled Houston's nervousness when she had to do a screen test for the role of singer Rachel Marron in the movie. "The Whitney I knew was still wondering if I'm good enough. Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?" he said. "It was what made her great, and what caused her to stumble at the end."

A tearful Alicia Keyes remembered how Houston would reach out to young artists. "[She] made us feel strong and capable and loved," Keyes said before she sang "Send Me an Angel."

Houston's longtime friend and mentor, record executive Clive Davis, said a talent like Houston's was rare. "You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime. You wait for a face like that, a smile like that, a presence like that for a lifetime," he said. "When one person embodies it all, it takes your breath away."

Stevie Wonder also performed a rousing tribute to the star, on whom he said he had a crush.  He performed a version of "Ribbon in the Sky" with new lyrics all about Whitney, as well as "Love's in Need of Love Today." 

Singer R. Kelly performed "I Look to You," the song he'd written for Whitney's 2009 album of the same name.  Gospel star Kim Burrell performed a version of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," with lyrics rewritten to reflect Whitney's life.  Gospel star Donnie McClurkin performed the song "Stand."  Fellow gospel stars BeBe and CeCe Winans also performed.

Actor/director Tyler Perry addressed the crowd, reminiscing about the first time he met Houston in Atlanta.

Aretha Franklin, who had been confirmed as a performer, said Saturday that she was not able to sing at the funeral because of a medical problem.

Singer Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston's cousin, acknowledged Franklin, who is Houston's godmother, from the pulpit and said she felt her presence in the room.  She later said in a statement, "Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney's  service today.  I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00AM this morning following my concert last night, which I've been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important to stay off  my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening."  She added, "My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family.  May God keep them all."

Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown was present at the service, but then left.  In a statement, he said, "My children and I were invited to the funeral...We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move.  Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene."  He added, "This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur.” I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.” 

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.

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 Davis.

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Friday
Feb172012

Whitney Houston's Funeral: Stars Expected to Attend, Speak

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImageUPDATE: Whitney Houston will be buried Sunday in Westfield, N.J.'s Fairview Cemetery, a law enforcement source told ABC News on Friday. She will be laid to rest next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.

Her burial will be one day after her Saturday funeral at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church.

(NEW YORK) -- Though Whitney Houston's funeral will be a private, invite-only affair, it will reportedly feature some of the biggest celebrities the late pop icon worked with, including Kevin Costner.

Costner, Houston's Bodyguard co-star, will speak at the service held at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church starting at noon on Saturday, People magazine reported Thursday. Representatives for Houston and Costner did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the service, and Houston's record producer from the start of her career, Clive Davis, will also speak.

Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, has denied reports that he was being barred from the services by Houston's family but has yet to confirm that he will be there.

He has been by the side of his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, since Sunday.  She was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston's Saturday death.

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 Kristina.

But it appears that soon after the funeral, he'll strike off on his own.  A rep for his band, New Edition, said Thursday that Brown will perform a scheduled concert at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino on Saturday night.

Multiple celebrities are rumored to be attending.  The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey reported Thursday that Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will be at the services. It was also reported that Elton John would attend but John's representatives denied it to ABC News.

The Revs. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are attending. 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.

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Monday
Feb132012

Bobby Brown Heads to Los Angeles to Be with Daughter

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bobby Brown has left his reunion tour with New Edition and flown to Los Angeles to be by the side of his distraught daughter, who was briefly hospitalized over the weekend following the death of her mother Whitney Houston.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Houston and Brown, was hospitalized Sunday after an ambulance was called to the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the 18-year-old had been staying with her mother.  The girl was said to be suffering from anxiety after her mother was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel room on Saturday.

"Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her, however, we will get through this tragedy as a family," Bobby Brown said in a statement to Extra.  "Again, I ask for privacy during this time."

Bobbi Kristina was transported from the hotel at 10:26 a.m. local time to Cedars-Sinai Hospital and was "awake and alert" at the time.  She was "hysterical, exhausted and inconsolable" according to TMZ.com, who also reported that family members fear that she is suicidal and are considering getting her help.

A family source told ABC News that she was being "treated for stress and anxiety."  She has since been released.

Bobby Brown, who is currently on tour with his original R&B group New Edition, took to the stage in Mississippi after hearing of Houston's death, but was reportedly having "crying fits."

"We are absolutely shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of our dear sister Whitney.  As a group, we are extremely close; when one of us hurts, we all hurt," New Edition said in a statement released Saturday.

During the performance, Brown pointed to the sky and said, "I love you, Whitney."

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Sunday
Feb122012

Prescription Pill Bottles Found in Whitney Houston's Hotel Room

Whitney Houston's body being removed from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (TMZ)(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities are investigating what caused the death of legendary singer Whitney Houston, who captivated audiences with her powerful voice while battling drug use and a rocky marriage with Bobby Brown.

On Saturday, paramedics found a lifeless Houston inside her hotel room bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel. TMZ reported that Houston's aides found her in the bathtub with her face underwater and attempted CPR before calling hotel security.

Officials were also unable to revive her.

WATCH: People magazine’s Kate Coyne discusses the singer’s death.

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Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m, adding that there were "no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death."

Los Angeles Coroner Office officials left with Houston's body around 1:50 a.m. PT. An autopsy is expected to be finished Sunday but any results will be deferred pending a toxicology report, according to ABC News affiliate KABC.

The coroner's office declined to speculate how Houston died when asked about reports that she may have drowned.

When asked about drugs in the room, Ed Winter, with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, said he could not comment on it.

A source told KABC that a few presciption pill bottles were found in Houston's room.

Winter also would not comment on the condition of the body or whether Houston was naked or not.

Just hours before her death, Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, and her cousin, Dionne Warwick, reportedly both spoke to the singer and said there was no indication that anything was wrong.

Warwick spoke to her over the phone to check that they were seated at the same table at Davis' party, and Cissy Houston talked to her at around 3:15, TMZ reported.

Houston was staying at the hotel to attend music industry executive Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy bash.

It is the same event where she was introduced to the record industry nearly three decades ago.

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Sunday
Feb122012

Whitney Houston's Daughter Taken to Hospital

Bobby Brown (L), Whitney Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina watch the premiere of the new show "Being Bobby Brown" on June 27, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Sandra Rose/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was transported from the Beverly Hilton Hotel to the hospital Sunday afternoon as she copes with the loss of her mother, police said.

Beverly Hills Police told ABC News that an ambulance was called Sunday morning to the hotel, where Bobbi Kristina was staying with her mother, in response to a concern about her health. The 19-year-old was said to be suffering from anxiety.

According to a press release sent to ABC News, Bobbi Kristina was transported from the hotel at 10:26 a.m. local time to Cedar-Sinai Hospital and was "awake and alert" at the time.

A source close to the family tells ABC News that Bobbi Kristina has been released and was "treated for stress and anxiety."

In the hours after her mother was discovered not breathing in the bathtub of a Beverly Hilton Hotel room, Bobbi Kristina was reportedly turned away from seeing her.

Earlier, TMZ reported that Bobbi Kristina got into a shouting match with police officers outside her mother's fourth floor hotel room when they informed her no one was allowed in. TMZ said she "screamed, cursed and demanded to see her mother" before ultimately leaving.

Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick was also turned away by officers, according to TMZ.

Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown, released a statement on his ex-wife's death.

“I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife, Whitney Houston," Brown said in the statement. "At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter, Bobbi- Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed towards my family and I at this most difficult time.”

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Sunday
Feb122012

Authorities: Houston Found Inside Hotel Room Bathtub

Toby Canham/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities are investigating what caused the death of legendary singer Whitney Houston who captivated audiences with her powerful voice while battling drug use and a rocky marriage with Bobby Brown.

On Saturday, paramedics raced to the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel and found a lifeless Houston inside her hotel room bathtub, authorities said. Members of Houston's entourage reportedly found her unresponsive body and called hotel security.

Officials tried to resuscitate the 48-year-old singer with CPR but were unable to revive her.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

"No obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death," Rosen said.

Los Angeles Coroner Office officials left with Houston's body around 1:50 a.m. PT.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Sunday or Monday, according to ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

The singer's cause of death remains unknown according to her publicist, Kristen Foster.

The coroner's office declined to speculate how Houston died when asked about reports that she may have drowned.

Just hours before her death, Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, and her cousin, Dionne Warwick, reportedly both spoke to the singer and said there was no indication that anything was wrong.

Warwick spoke to her over the phone to check that they were seated at the same table at Davis' party and Cissy Houston talked to her at around 3:15 p.m., TMZ reported.

Houston was staying at the hotel to attend music industry executive Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy bash.

It is the same event where she was introduced to the record industry and the world nearly three decades ago.

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