Friday, February 17, 2012
In Memory, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston in 1988
Details are beginning to emerge about Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday, 18th February 2012, and it looks to be be a touching affair that will celebrate the life of the legendary pop singer.
Citing a family source, People magazine reported on Thursday, 16th February 2012 that Kevin Costner, Houston's co-star in the 1992 blockbuster "The Bodyguard," will attend and deliver a speech (Costner has yet to comment).
The box office movie starred Houston as a megastar who falls for her Secret Service agent, played by Costner -— and remains one of her most beloved films. It also yielded one of her top-selling singles ever, "I will Always Love You." The movie grossed $400 million worldwide.
The singles " I Will Always Love You is one of the best ever song the universe has ever heard, listened, seen and feel.
Other stars paying their respects: Houston's godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder, who are scheduled to perform.
Houston's record producer Clive Davis -— who stood by the singer throughout her career ups and downs -— is also expected to say a few words.
Still no word on whether her estranged ex-husband Bobby Brown will attend.
The private, invitation-only service takes place at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey, where Houston first showed off her signing talents as kids. The church seats about 1,500.
Grammy award-winning gospel singer Marvin Winans (the pastor who married Houston and Bobby Brown in 1992) will deliver the eulogy.
The Rev. Joe A. Carter, pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, said he will officiate the service, which is scheduled to begin at noon. It will likely run 90 minutes.
Fans will be able to view a live stream of the service on the Web.
After the service, Houston will be buried at the Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father was buried in 2003.
Houston, 48, was found dead February, 11, 2012 in her Beverly Hilton hotel room in the eve of the Grammy Awards, the cause of death has yet to be determined.
God Bless You Whitney, Rest in Peace.