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Houston's funeral at home church

Whitney Houston's funeral will be held on Saturday in the New Jersey church where she first showed her singing talents as a child.

The service will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.

The 48-year-old died last Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills. She was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bath.

Her body was returned to New Jersey late on Tuesday..

Houston was born in Newark and began singing as a child at the New Hope church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music programme for many years. Cousin Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.

Mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church.

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