In the days after Whitney Houston's death, accounts of her journey to stardom have included the fact that she first showcased her signing talents as a child at her New Jersey church. This Saturday, her funeral service will be held there. There will not be a public service, the Associated Press reports:

The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that Houston's funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. The funeral home said that no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark's Prudential Center, the sports arena that the family had discussed as a possible venue.

The 48-year-old Houston died Feb. 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash. Officials say she was found in the bathtub, apparently unconscious, before being pulled out.


After an autopsy Sunday, authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston. It could be weeks, however, before the coroner's office completes toxicology tests to establish the cause of death. 

Read more at CBS News.

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