Fans worldwide who want to bid Whitney Houston farewell can watch today her private funeral on the AP site via satellite at 11:30 am EST. http://livestream.com/apliveWant more?
- CNN will air the funeral live starting at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT. Piers Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, and Don Lemon will anchor the network’s coverage, which will start at 11 a.m.
- E! News will be hosting a special report, Whitney Houston: The Funeral, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT, USA Today reports. The network will also be posting live updates to its Twitter feed, and will simulcast their network coverage. BET’s special, Live: The Homegoing of Whitney Houston, will also air at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT.
- Access Atlanta has rounded up some websites that will also be live-streaming the services: wsbtv.com, cnn.com/live, livestream.com/aplive, foxnews.com and majicatl.com
- Many radio stations will be airing hour-long tributes to Houston, and taking calls from fans.
Clive Davis will speak, while Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will perform. Franklin was especially close to the singer, considering Houston her goddaughter; Houston called her “Aunt Ree.”
Kevin Costner, who was the singer’s costar in The Bodyguard, will also be speaking, People magazine reports. Houston’s publicist Kristen Foster told the Associated Press that the eulogy will be given by Marvin Winans, a close family friend and gospel singer. Ex-husband Bobby Brown received an invitation, as well as Oprah Winfrey. Also taking part in the program are Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Dionne Warwick, Cece Winans, Dionne McClurkin and Rickey Minor.
In honor of the singer, the flags at New Jersey’s government buildings will be flown at half-mast on Saturday, the Washington Post reports.
Houston was born in Newark. She died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday at the age of 48. Her body was flown back to her native New Jersey on Monday.
The service will be at New Hope Baptist Church, where she sang as a child. She will be buried in Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, where her father, John Russell Houston Jr., was buried in 2003.
If you’re looking for some comfort and closure: tune in online, and pay homage to the great Houston alongside some of her biggest supporters and fellow legendary voices.