Mariah Carey to Attend Whitney Houston's Funeral With L.A. Reid
Mariah Carey will be among the mourners attending Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. She'll be arriving with Epic Records chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid, Carey's rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
Others expected to be in attendance at the funeral include Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Kevin Costner, Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Rickey Minor, CeCe Winans (Bobbi Kristina's godmother) and gospel singers Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin.
Aretha Franklin, Houston's godmother, and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to perform, while Houston's longtime producer and mentor, Clive Davis, will be a speaker. Many cable networks, including CNN, E! and BET, along with SiriusXM will broadcast the procession, and there will also be a live stream.
Carey recorded a duet with Houston, 1998's "When You Believe," and was often compared to the R&B singer as another of the so-called "divas." Reid was head of Island Def Jam when Carey released her multiplatinum smash, 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi.
Houston, 48, died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Her body was found "underwater and apparently unconscious" in a bathtub in her hotel room, police said. An autopsy was completed, but the results are on security hold pending a toxicology report.
Her body was flown into Newark on Monday night in Perry's private jet; the casket was then driven to Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which is handling the services.