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Whitney Houston funeral to be held in Newark this weekend

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Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:10 [IST]

The body of singer Whitney Houston, who was found dead in the bathtub in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, was brought from Los Angeles to New Jersey. According to reports, her funeral ceremony will be held at her home town Newark this weekend.

Reports suggest that a plane carrying the body of Whitney Houston left Los Angeles on Monday evening and arrived at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Reports further claim that Houston's family has planned to hold a wake Thursday and funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, which has the seating arrangement for about 18,000 people. Her funeral is said to be as big as the one of Michael Jackson.

Whitney Houston, who was born in Newark, started her singing career as a child at the city's New Hope Baptist Church. She came to limelight with her debut album in 1985. However, the news of her sudden death, which hit the headlines just the day before Grammy Awards 2012, sent the shock waves across the globe.

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