Tyler Perry, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin will also take part in the program for the deceased singer's service
Whitney Houston's funeral will take place Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. — which the deceased singer attended and sang in as a child — and now the roster of famous names who will perform and speak at the service has been released.
Houston's spokeswoman confirmed that Houston's "The Bodyguard" co-star Kevin Costner will be part of the program, as will Houston's producer, Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder and godmother Aretha Franklin. According to earlier reports, Costner and Davis were planning to speak at the invitation-only funeral, while Wonder and Franklin planned to sing at the event.
Also taking part in the program: Tyler Perry, who reportedly loaned his plane to Houston's family in order to transport the singer's body from California to New Jersey.
Singer Alicia Keys, who paid tribute to Houston at Davis' pre-Grammys party on Saturday — the day of Houston's death — will also take part in the services, as will Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick, along with Rickey Minor, the musical director and bandleader of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Gospel singers Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and Cece Winans will also be part of Saturday's program. Winans' brother, Detroit-based pastor and Houston friend Marvin Winans, is presiding over the funeral.
As far as other attendees go, TMZ reports that Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, has been invited to the funeral. Though there had been speculation that Brown would not make the list due to tensions with Houston's family, the site quotes a family source who says that an 11th-hour agreement had been reached.
"At the last minute, the family felt that it would keep the peace at the funeral [to have Bobby there]," the source told the site, "even though some family members were against it."
Houston died Saturday at the age of 48. According to police, the singer was found "underwater and apparently unconscious" in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel suite by a member of her staff. Emergency responders were unable to revive her.
A cause of death has not yet been announced, pending the results of a toxicology test, which could take weeks to complete.
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