Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whitney Houston’s body taken to New Jersey funeral home

Whitney Houston has returned to her home state of New Jersey.

Sky News reports Houston’s body has arrived at a Newark, NJ funeral home, ahead of an expected funeral service later this week.

The 48-year-old pop star was born in the state's largest city and her family have reportedly suggested the service could be held in an 18,000-seat arena there.

Police said her body was taken to Van Nuys airport in California for the flight to the east coast.

Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ said a jet owned by film star and producer Tyler Perry was used to return the body to New Jersey.

Outside the funeral home in Newark that received the body, about a dozen fans gathered playing Houston's songs, singing and lighting candles.

Houston was found dead in a bath in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA on Saturday, hours before she was supposed to appear at a pre-Grammy Awards party.

She was under the water and apparently unconscious when found by members of her entourage, police said in a statement.

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