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Tens of thousands watch Whitney Houston funeral

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Feb. 18, 2012, 12:40 p.m. - Tens of thousands today are tuning into Whitney Houston's funeral being held at her home church in New Jersey.

Just 30 minutes into the service more than 170,000 had tuned into the Associated Press' live stream of the service of about 300 observers at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, which was invitation only.

The service, which started at noon, is expected to last three hours. The audience is expected to build through the day.

Houston was found dead in a hotel bath room last week. Her cause of death still ahs not been announced.

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Many celebrities are expected to attend the service. The Associated Press reports the following celebrities are expected to attend: "Kevin Costner, who co-starred with the singer in 'The Bodyguard,' her mentor Clive Davis, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, and Houstonís Ex Husband, Bobby Brown."

Houston sold more than 200 million records and is credited with saving the NAACP Image Awards.

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