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. Jesus C.

    And who cares about what you think? Yes, we all aspire to be a great singer, winning many awards, doing tons of drugs, and throwing it all away. Just the life we all have always wanted.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*chris

    She is also not princess diane whom did alot for here country.gov.is also feelin guilty fly flags half staff for sum1 that never did nothin for his state.it won't matter the money will get her a great funeral

    February 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kaye mcclendon

    wow dont you just love the haters.mz.houston has gone to be with our lord.thats why cissy wants a low profile funeral .this beautiful songbird will live in peace with .honor is due and will be given to cissy houston bobbi chris.one love even to you haters.i love you bobby b.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      She was a hot mess. She hasn't been beautiful in about ten years.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thomasJ

    Maybe now Whitney can rest away from those of us who live PERFECT lives! Away from those who have never done anything wrong. She faced her demons. The Bible say judge not but so many people just refuse to believe God's word. None of us know how we're gonna die! I don't think Whitney knew she'd die in the manner in which she did! Had she not been WHITNEY HOUSTON the singer/actress, nobody would care. What about the countless people who die in a manner similar to the way she did? What if it were YOUR mother, sister, aunt, cousin, best friend? The woman died JUST like we all are gonna die! There's no way around it and just like Whitney we ALL are gonna stand before God and give an account for every thing we say and do! We're also gonna give an account for what we didn't do and what we didn't say! We beat up on her enough from day 1! Let her Rest In Peace.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      Um....I know I'm not gonna die from being some strung-out pill popper like she did. Anyone else? LOL

      February 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leshaun jackson

    Shameful comments! Whitney had problems just like everyone else. Those of you making negative comments need to remember that she had a daughter and mother who are really grieving. Furthermore she is not getting as much publicity as Elvis Presley....

    February 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leshaun jackson

    Elvis been dead over 40 years and many of you call him the king and think he is still alive.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      You're right and he's as big a tool as she is.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christina

    What is wrong with you people? This is a human being we are speaking of a mother&daughter of someone! How can you be so cruel with some of your comments? How would you feel being spoke about like that after you pass away?

    February 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. opief

    Who cares, she was also just another drugie , alcoholoc has been singer !!

    February 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BBrown

    If you're going to miss her that much, jump in the coffin and go with her.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Juice

    The coverage of her death is no different from the coverage Elvis Presley ,Frank Sinatra Michael Jackson.They are American Icons that touched others through their music I agree with Chuck and several others.Turn the channel.You have that right.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Teresa

    stop obsessing on how whitney died and let her rest in peace for the sake of her daugther.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      Odds are she'll follow in her strung-out mothers footsteps.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Terrance D. M.

    R.I.P. Whitney

    February 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MCarrey

    Maybe she'll finally get that wig on straight for the funeral. Such a hot mess. It's the final curtain call, Crackie, make it work!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bora

    "No matter what the people say I will be waiting for them on judgement day" Your love is my love. Whitney I will miss your voice and may God bless your soul.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. michelle p

    Don`t recall u people making these cruel insensitve comments about ur beloved Anna Niclole Smith. she gave new meaning to high as a freaking kite. this is just boiling down to simply racist hate. yes, she made some very bad choices, but we don't really know what caused he death. she most likely had a heart attack due to the fact that two loud thumps were heard just minutes after she got done talking to her mom at 3:20p.m . that makes more sense especially if she was sitting on the deck of tub to fall backwards and struggle but we all know when that pain hits we grab our chest and lose our composure. but yall 2 darn smart to put the puzzle together.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
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