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Just one week ago, Whitney Houston was found dead inside her Beverly Hills hotel room. And on Sunday, Feb. 19, the late singer will be laid to rest.
For her "home going" ceremony taking place Saturday, Feb. 18, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ (her hometown), Houston's life will be celebrated by 1,500 of her close family and friends.
Among the celebrities paying their respects: Stevie Wonder, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Clive Davis, Mary J. Blige, Jesse Jackson, Chaka Kahn and Kevin Costner.
Aretha Franklin was schedule to sing Houston's classic "The Greatest Love of All," but CNN confirmed Saturday morning that she had fallen ill and would not be able to perform.
The following day, the "I Will Always Love You" singer will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ, where she will be buried in a plot adjacent to her late father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.
Houston was just 48-years-old at the time of her death. She is survived by daughter Bobbi Kristina (on the mend after a breakdown following her mom's death) and mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston.
Her accomplishments include selling 170 million albums worldwide and holding the Guinness Book of World Records as the most-awarded female artist of all time.
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