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Whitney Houston’s Funeral To Be Broadcast Live on CNN, Kevin Costner to Speak

Whitney's Funeral Will Be Held Saturday, February 18, 2012

 

It’s being reported that Whitney Houston’s invitation-only funeral service in New Jersey will be broadcast live starting at 9:00 a.m. EST this Saturday.  The funeral, which is being held at Whitney’s childhood church, the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, will be eulogized by family friend Rev. Marvin Winans,  The guest list includes many special friends in Whitney’s life:  Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ray J and Brandy will all be in attendance, along with her co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, who will speak during the ceremony.

Whitney’s Death Certificate has been released by Los Angeles County yesterday.

via TMZ.com

Whitney Houston’s official death certificate has been filed in L.A. County — and according to the document, obtained by TMZ, the cause of death is still undetermined.

The manner of death is listed as “pending investigation” — and the immediate cause of death is “deferred.”

Whitney’s occupation is listed on the document as an “entertainer” who worked in the industry for 33 years — beginning when she was just 15.

According to the document, Whitney will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ — the same cemetery where her father is buried.

As we previously reported, the L.A. County Coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results in order to determine an official cause of death — a process that typically takes 4-6 weeks. The autopsy was completed Sunday.

TMZ broke the story … Whitney drank heavily the night before her death — and investigators found multiple prescription drugs inside her hotel room, including Xanax and Amoxicillin.

As we first reported, Whitney’s family was told by the L.A. County Coroner’s office … Whitney likely died from a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription drugs — NOT drowning.

Aretha Franklin has been asked to sing at the funeral service, and reports of Whitney’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown not being invited appear to be untrue  and he will be in attendance.

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Aretha Franklin diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The Queen.

No. Just NO. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Some gossip rags had been speculating about Ms. Franklin’s illness, and now it has been confirmed.

via Detroit Free Press:

DETROIT — Aretha Franklin, who according to the National Enquirer has pancreatic cancer, underwent serious surgery last week and is “recovering very well,” her longtime friend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said Wednesday.

The Detroit News also learned from ources close to the singer’s friends and family that the legendary “Queen of Soul, has pancreatic cancer.

Jackson said in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s visited with the legendary singer four or five times recently, including a few days ago, and that Franklin’s “spirits are high, and her faith is strong.”

“She’s conscious, communicating and taking daily walks up and down the hall,” said Jackson, who accompanied Franklin on one of those walks during his most recent visit.

Jackson wouldn’t either, other than to say his friend of more than 40 years is responding well to the surgery.

Franklin announced last week that she had undergone a surgical procedure, but neither she nor her publicist have said what is ailing the 68-year-old Queen of Soul.

“She has amazing strength — body, religion and faith,” Jackson said. “It’s what he keeps her going.”

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest a person can have, though about 15 percent to 18 percent of those with the disease can survive with surgery, Dr. Elliot Newman, chief of gastrointestinal surgical oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center, told the Detroit News.”

Let’s all “Say A Little Prayer” for Ms. Franklin…