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Whitney Houston’s Family Attends Private Viewing

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Whitney Houston‘s family gathered to pay their respects to the fallen legend yesterday (Feb. 17). The private viewing was held in Houston’s hometown of Newark, N.J.TMZ reports that Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, as well as cousin Dionne Warwick, mother Cissy Houston and mentor Clive Davis were all in attendance. Sources said Davis stopped in briefly, but left shortly after the ceremony began.

Houston’s funeral will be held at 12PM ET today and will stream live online. The invitation-only service will feature gospel hero Marvin Winans presiding, with a performance by Houston’s godmother Aretha Franklin. Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown was rumored to have been banned from attending, but he has denied those reports and insists he will be in attendance with Bobbi Kristina.

Though Brown will be present at the funeral, he is noticeably missing from the service’s programs. TMZ obtained a copy of Houston’s memorial program, which features photos of Houston with Bobbi Kristina, mother Cissy and Davis, but none with her former husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston’s family at this difficult time. We hope they can find peace in celebrating Houston’s memory.

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