Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday at a brief private ceremony in New Jersey, the end of a weekend that saw the pop star’s family and friends gather at a star-studded funeral to mourn her loss while celebrating her career.
Fans and onlookers gathered in several places along the route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery about 20 miles away in Westfield, where Houston was buried next to her father, who died in 2003.
The 48-year-old singer died Feb. 11 in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party. No cause of death has been determined.
On Saturday, she was mourned at an invitation-only funeral at the church in Newark where she sang in the choir as a child. She was remembered by the biggest names in the music: Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys sang, and industry mogul Clive Davis was among those who spoke, as was Kevin Costner, Houston’s costar in “The Bodyguard.’’
The funeral was closed to fans, who were not allowed within blocks of the church. Still, many came to Newark to take part in what ways they could, some from as far as Miami and Washington, D.C.
Station nightclub fire documentary in works
A Rhode Island filmmaker is preparing a documentary film about the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003. Cranston resident David Bettencourt says the documentary is to be released in time for the 10th anniversary of the fire on Feb. 20, 2013. The 37-year-old Bettencourt says his college friend Missy Minor badly burned her arms in the blaze. Minor says she is participating in the documentary. Another fire survivor participating in the film is Gina Russo. Russo, 44, says she has had 54 surgeries since the fire. She had been burned on her back and head. Her fiance, Alfred Crisostomi, died in the fire. Bettencourt says he hopes the documentary will help people heal and bring attention to efforts to build a memorial for fire victims.
"God bless you, Nippy. We’ll always remember." — Aretha Franklin, talking about Whitney Houston during her Saturday-night Radio City Music Hall performance.