Fuming Whitney Houston
fans have attacked her family for deciding to broadcast her funeral live on the internet tomorrow.
Relatives of the doomed diva announced yesterday the service would be streamed online so the world could share their grief, reports Aaron Tinney.
Viewers will also get to watch one of the world’s biggest soul divas perform at the funeral — Whitney’s godmother Aretha Franklin (69). Live footage of the ceremony, which starts at noon US time tomorrow, will be sold to television stations worldwide.
The move flies in the face of statements from the family that the ceremony would be “private” and dignified. Fans yesterday branded the broadcast “vile” and “disgusting”. One fan tweeted: “A deal to stream Whitney Houston’s funeral live. Disgusting.” Another fumed: “Who the hell would want to watch Whitney Houston’s funeral live on the internet? Vile and disgusting.”
Other celebrity guests to the invitation-only church service include legendary singer Chaka Khan (58), as well as Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick (71), her close pal Ray J (31) and singer Brandy (33). And insiders said last night that Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown (43) plans to go to the funeral amid rumours he has been banned from attending the service by the tragic star’s family.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey home where Whitney
married Bobby has been put back on sale for €1.3m after being withdrawn from the market last year.
Bobby is blamed for sparking Whitney’s lethal drug addiction and the couple’s stormy 14-year marriage was filled with violent rows before their divorce in 1997. The ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Marvin Winans, who married her and rapper Bobby in 1992.
Whitney’s funeral — being held a week after the 48-year-old was found slumped dead in a bath at an LA hotel — will be streamed from inside New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church.
It is the same spot where The Bodyguard star first wowed congregations with her angelic voice as a child gospel singer. A documentary on the star’s life and death, Whitney’s Addictions: Death of a Diva, will be shown on Channel 5
at 10pm on Tuesday.