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Whitney Houston's funeral will be broadcast live around the world when it takes place Saturday, Feb. 18., exactly a week after her tragic death.
The Whitney Houston funeral is being broadcast by several sources. The Associated Press will be allowed to show live video of the event, the singer's spokeswoman, Kristen Foster, told Radar. The link for the live broadcast is http://livestream.com/aplive, and it should begin at noon.
The funeral will also be broadcast on television, and Entertainment Weekly will be live-blogging the somber remembrance, according to CNN.
Despite this, however, only 1,500 people- Whitney's family, friends, and those who knew her- will be allowed to come to the funeral in person. "Nearly a dozen celebrities and personalities will be in some of the 1,500 coveted, 'invitation-only' seats," reported Entertainment Weekly.
Marvin L. Winans, the renowned gospel artist and a Houston family friend, will give the eulogy. The Grammy Award-winning singer also wedded Houston to Bobby Brown in 1992.
After the funeral, which will take place at Newark, N.J. New Hope Baptist Church, the burial will take place. Houston will be buried at Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father is also buried.
It is currently unknown if the burial will also be broadcast.
During Saturday's funeral, New Jersey governor Chris Christie plans to fly state flags on government buildings at half-staff as a sign of respect for the singer.
He has received criticism for the plans, which some say should be reserved for military personnel and government officials, as is the tradition. In addition, detractors have cited Houston's battle with drug addiction as a reason flags should not be used to honor the fallen star.
Christie dismissed the comments, saying he rejected the idea that Whitney "forfeited the good things that she did" because of her struggles with addiction, reported AP.
Fox news host Bill O' Reilly agreed.
"Yes, I think we should respect the life and talent of Whitney Houston. I said a prayer when I heard she died. This isn't a personal thing. This is a preventative thing. I want society and media to tell the truth about drug and alcohol addiction," said the outspoken host. "Let's stop exploiting it and start explaining it."
Whitney Houston was 48 at the time of her death. The cause of her demise is still unknown.