UPDATED 3:50 p.m. EST: The livestream has ended. We will post the video from the entire funeral service here as soon as it’s available.
Whitney Houston’s beloved family and friends will mourn the pop singer at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., the place where she first showed off her powerful voice as a choir singer in her teenage years. Dozens of Houston’s celebrity friends, including Aretha Franklin, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kevin Costner and Stevie Wonder, descended on her New Jersey hometown to attend the funeral, beginning at 12 noon EST on Saturday.
The service — expected to run as long as two-and-a-half hours — will feature an outpouring of eulogies and songs dedicated to Whitney Houston’s memory. Music mogul Clive Davis, who first discovered Houston and launched her to stardom was scheduled to speak. Just one media camera, from the Associated Press, will be allowed inside the church to livestream the event.
Houston was found dead last Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room just hours before she was due to perform at a pre-Grammy celebration.