Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Huffington Post reports that TMZ got a copy of the coroner's report, which states that the pop icon had cocaine in her system when she died in her California hotel room.
When music icon Whitney Houston was eulogized in the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark and laid to rest next to her father at Fairview Cemetary in Westfield, fans wanted to know how she died Feb. 11 in the hotel bathtub in her Hollywood hotel room. According to a report in the Huffington Post, the report from the Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled her death to be an accidental drowning. According to the report, the troubled singer, who had a home in Mendham, had traces of cocaine, marijuana, anti-anxiety drug Xanax, muscle relaxer Flexeril and allergy medicine Benedryl in her system at the time of her death. The Huffington Post report credits celebrity-gossip site TMZ with obtaining the report. Now that the news is out, does it make…
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Procession arrived at noon Sunday for burial ceremony at Fairview Cemetery. Nearly 100 fans shouted 'We love you, Whitney' as hearse turned into the cemetery.
The vigil at Fairview Cemetery began at first light Sunday morning. There were no mourners, just reporters and photographers mingling congenially as they staked out a good spot for their reports back to the network morning shows or a position for the perfect photo of the funeral procession bringing Whitney Houston to the cemetery for her burial. Police officers arrived before daylight, at 6 a.m., to secure every possible corner of the Fairview property, from the Cranford border along Union County College to the south and E. Broad Street to the north. At the western end of the cemetery, Gallows Hill Road was closed to prevent any neighborhood street from messing up any potential route in which the procession of hearses and limos that would …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
City officials say Houston shed positive light on city
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
All eyes were on Newark Saturday when the city's own pop princess, Whitney Houston, came home for the last time. Following the more than three-hour funeral service at New Hope Baptist Church, city officials told local reporters Houston was a source of pride to a city often tainted with crime and poverty. See video for more details.
Many of the top female singers in the world packed New Hope Baptist Church to honor the singer.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Saturday's celebrity-packed funeral for Newark native Whitney Houston included some of the most respected female singers in music today, including Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys.
Crowd gathers at Whigham Funeral Home to pay respects to Whitney Houston
As a gold hearse with a casket containing Whitney Houston's body pulled away from a Newark funeral home and headed towards New Hope Baptist Church, where the service was held Satuday, a woman behind the wheel wiped her wet eyes as fans gathered outside to pay tribute to the pop songstress. Police vehicles and motorcycles led the way from Whigham Funeral Home with a line of gold limousines and the hearse, which had a picture of Houston taped to one of its windows. Fans took pictures of the procession and left offerings of flowers, teddy bears, balloons, and handwritten notes around the entrance of the funeral home. In a glass foyer of the building was a large poster displaying pictures of Houston from various periods in her career. An …
Jennifer Hudson, Roberta Flack, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Gov. Christie, Mayor Booker all in attendance.
Newark's own, singer Whitney Houston, was welcomed home to the church where she began her singing career Saturday, in a rousing gospel-flavored funeral service before an audience of family, friends and celebrities. "Whitney, today is your day," the Rev. Joe A. Carter, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, said in beginning the service. A powerful choir of more than 100 singers, backed by a band that included drums and bass and horns, provided an emotional backdrop to a procession of singers, most of them from the world of gospel music. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry spoke of what he termed the grace that carried Houston through her life. "There was a grace that carried her down through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rumors continue to circulate as to when and where the late pop star will be laid to rest.
As cruisers from the Westfield and Union County police departments came and went through the front gate of the Fairview Cemetery Thursday, Fairview officials were issuing "no comments" to a barrage of calls from reporters seeking comment and details about the burial plans for Whitney Houston — and calming down concerned family members of those already interred in the Westfield cemetery. Houston's funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. The ceremony is expected to draw 1,500 mourners, including her mother, Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner and Clive Davis. While those details appear to be firm, speculation swirls around when Houston's body will…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Is the pop singer's death worthy of such an honor? Tell us what you think.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half staff throughout the state during Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday in honor of late pop singer's death. The 48-year-old music icon's body was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday afternoon. Gov. Christie said Houston was a "cultural icon" who belongs in the same category in New Jersey music history as legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The governor called Houston's accomplishments in the music industry "a great source of pride for the people of the state." Flags are typically flown at half staff in honor of police and military personnel killed in the line of duty. The honor is also extended …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Mourners hold candlelight vigil, sing along to Houston's hit songs outside funeral home
Whitney Houston is finally home. The singer's body was returned to her native Newark shortly before midnight Monday amid a throng of screaming fans who waited hours for the hearse to arrive at Whigham Funeral Home. Surrounded by heavy police presence, a gold-colored car with blacked out windows dropped off Houston's casket, concealed by a white tent, at a back entrance off Shipman Street. Houston's mother, Cissy, and other family members were seen filing into the funeral home about 15 minutes before the hearse arrived. Houston, who was found dead at age 48 inside a Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday, was flown from California to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey for the wake and public memorial that may be held in Newark later this week. "She…
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Singer praised for her soaring voice and her role as a model for black women, despite her later problems with drug abuse.
Singing superstar Whitney Houston—a New Jersey native born in Newark, educated in Caldwell, and a one-time resident of East Orange and Mendham Township—was mourned Sunday across the state in ceremonies both large and small. At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston began her public singing career at age 11 as a member of the junior gospel choir, a medley of Houston's hit songs played over the public address system as the congregation arrived for a 6:30 a.m. service dedicated to the singer. Several in the crowd said they were also there to pay their respects to Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy, a long-time active member of the church. Far to the west of Newark in Mendham Township, mourners placed flowers outside the …