February 16th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Houston funeral preparations under way at New Jersey church

Preparations were under way Thursday for the private, invitation-only funeral of pop superstar Whitney Houston at the New Jersey church where she sang as a child.

Metal barricades were being erected around a tribute area in front of New Hope Baptist Church, where fans of Houston were leaving balloons, candles and photographs of the singer.

Inside, funeral directors met with members of the Newark, New Jersey, police, who will provide security for the event, said police Sgt. Ronald Glover.

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    The dope smoking crackhead is dead. Lets move on to more important issues!

    February 16, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    Come on cnn, enough is enough. Youre starting to run this houston thing into the ground! Its getting old!

    February 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      I agree, but it's not just CNN. It is every channel. Every 'entertainment' show is doing nothing by Whitney. Come on! I mean, she was not a head of state or something. She was a singer. Why so much coverage on this one event? There are a lot of other, more important stories going on out there, that we are hearing nothing about. And they're going to broadcast it? Why? This is nonsense! I certainly feel bad for her family and friends. But, she is not a worldwide figure or anything. She was an entertainer. Let's all boycott these stations that are doing this 24/7 coverage and let them know why.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    @America 1st Yet you took the time to comment twice on the topic. Ever heard of changing the channel or clicking on another story. How about you move on. Hopefully folks will take time to console you when you suffer a loss.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chuck

    dont care!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOW

      Yes you do

      February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gennie

    Come on now.What has she done 2 b called a crackhead! She lost her life. Have some compasion.Death is not something 2 joke around with.She was some bodys mother, daughter and friend. She was human and made mistakes just like you! She did not deserve this.Stop bashing her! Enough is enough!!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOW

      I agree but we live in a cruel world. Her body wasn't cold yet before they started talking about her addiction. This is what people do because it catches everyone's attention. People can be so cold.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WOW

    If you don't like the stories stop clicking on the link people. We are still hearing about Michael Jackson so this is just beginning. Whitney Houston was one of the greatest female artist of all times so the stories will continue.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phyllis

    I guess I could see both sides of the coin. Her family needs to at least have "something" to give her fans. They also need to realize that her fans financially supported her all these years.. Maybe they can find a happy medium.

    ....and yes, it is unfortunate, but she did do this to hersefl she is/was a crackhead/drug abuser. Everyone has their demons to deal with though.

    I did, just recently, see the interview she did with Diane Sawyer and she said something like "... I make too much money.....to smoke crack.....crack is wack", no but you'll blow all your millions on lines of coke and when that runs out you'll start smoking crack.

    May the Lord rest her soul in peace.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jojo

    Just another crack head in the end.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jojo

    Junkie crack head loser who sold 200 million albums. Threw it away. Now her crack head loser ex- husband wants to get some of her money too. 🙁

    February 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jojo

    "I don't do crack, I smoke cocaine with my pot, pills and alcohol. Im rich....lol 😉

    February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Game James

    @jojo just another idiot with a computer in the end.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jojo

    Great story for Black History Month 🙂

    February 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Julius Muldrow

    No matter what her life entailed she was a bright star who gave so much joy to people like me with her voice, let her spirit and soul now rest in the lords hands and let thee judge. RIP WH !

    February 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Julius Muldrow

    Also to the haters leave the judge Judy act for TV! SHAME ON YOU NO RESPECT FOR THE DECEASED

    February 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jesus C.

    It's guaranteed to be show stopping, star studded and a who's who event. All your favorite stars and singers!!!! Be there or be square.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*chris

      No one is talkin smak she never did jak for jersey and she went out wit a drink and pills wat a lossa

      February 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      She had it coming.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
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