Whitney Houston, one of the world’s biggest music artists, passed away last Saturday at the age of 48. A funeral remembering the legend isset for today at the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
The six-time Grammy winner was found unresponsive in her Beverly Hills hotel room one week ago; the reason for her death is unknown, though it is reported that prescription drugs were found in her room.
There has been appearances by Tyler Perry, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, T.D Jakes and Kevin Costner with guests such as Alicia Keys, Clive Davis, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder hit the stage.
Brown made a brief appearance at the funeral. He touched the casket and then left with his children Landon and LaPrincia at the start of the ceremony. Security guards said Brown was upset he was going to be separated from the people he came to the ceremony with and decided to leave, The Associated Press reported.
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Bobby Brown left Newark, N.J.’s New Hope Baptist Church shortly after Whitney Houston’s funeral started. In a statement put out by his representative, he explained, “My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions.”
He continued, “I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur.” I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”