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Whitney Houston's Funeral To Be Streamed Live Online

NBCNEWYORK.COM - Whitney Houston's fans will be given a virtual front row seat for her funeral.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, announced Wednesday that The Associated Press will be allowed a camera at Saturday's private service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Viewers can watch the noon funeral here.

Houston got her start singing in the choir of the church, whose pews can seat about 1,500. Some fans had complained about feeling shut out of the event.

Grammy-winning gospel singer and longtime family friend Marvin Winans is set to deliver Houston's eulogy. His siblings, the gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans (also Grammy winners), could sing at the event, according to the New York Daily News.

Houston's godmother, Aretha Franklin, will also perform.

Other celebrities who could be in attendance include: Houston's on-again off-again boyfriend Ray J and his sister Brandy, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, record execs L.A. Reid and Clive Davis, singers Valerie Simpson, Chaka Khan and Darlene, the Daily News reported.

A spokesperson for Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, shot down rumors the entertainer was being shut out of the funeral, NBC News reported.

Houston will be buried after the funeral at Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., according to her death certificate. Her father, John Russell Houston Jr., was buried there in 2003.

The latest developments in Houston's funeral preparations came as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his decision for flags to fly at half-mast throughout the state Saturday in honor of the pop superstar.

In response to complaints that the honor should be reserved for fallen service members, Christie said he had ordered flags flown at half-staff for all 31 fallen New Jersey soldiers and every fallen police officer during his time in office.

He also ordered flags lowered last year for Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

Christie called Houston, who was born in Newark and raised in neighboring East Orange, a "daughter of New Jersey."

The Republican governor said he rejected other criticism that Houston "forfeited the good things that she did" because of her struggles with substance abuse.

"I am disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise — and we don't know what is the cause of her death yet — but because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she's forfeited the good things that she did in her life," he said. "I just reject that on a human level."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles investigation continues into Houston's death Saturday at age 48.

Authorities have issued subpoenas to Houston's doctors and pharmacists for medical records, NBC's "Today" show reported.

With toxicology reports not due for several weeks, the cause of death listed on Houston's death certificate remains "deferred."

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