NEW YORK (AP/RNN/WECT) – Whitney Houston's invitation-only funeral will be held Saturday in her Newark, NJ, childhood church.
While the family said there will be no public memorial service, the service will be aired live at noon ET.
The singer remembered for her amazing voice, died, Feb. 11 in her hotel room bathtub. Houston was planning to attend a Grammy-related party hosted by longtime mentor and friend Clive Davis just hours later, in the same hotel where she died.
Houston will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr. who was buried there in 2003.
Fifteen hundred guests are expected to attend the private funeral services including Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder. Houston, who was 48, died in Beverly Hills, the day before the Grammy awards.
Ray J – who was one of the people who spent time with Houston in her last days – is expressing sorrow over her loss.
He told the Associated Press Friday he has spent the last few days trying to "process the emptiness that I feel."
The singer said the world lost an icon but he lost a "close friend." Calling her by her nickname, he added: "Nippy I miss you so much!"
Whitney Houston fans can watch her funeral live and uninterrupted Saturday on Bounce Wilmington. Coverage starts at noon on WECT's digital channel 6.2. It is also carried on Time Warner Cable channel 121, ATMC channel 94 and Charter Cable channel 137.