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Whitney Houston Funeral to Stream Live; Kevin Costner to Speak? (Update)

Saturday’s private ceremony in Newark, N.J. will be streamed online by The Associated Press

Whitney Houston's funeral is a private, invitation-only affair, but the singer's family has decided to allow The Associated Press to stream the event online Saturday.

In another development, People reports that Houston's co-star in "The Bodyguard," Kevin Costner, is expected to speak at the service. Costner's rep tells TheWrap he can't confirm the actor's attendance.

The funeral will be held at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang as a child. Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, announced that the AP is being allowed one camera at the service, which will be streamed at Livestream, and will also be available to broadcasters.

Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, Houston's godmother, are scheduled to perform at the service, while music industry executive Clive Davis is also scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

Grammy winner and Houston family friend Marvin Winans will deliver Houston's eulogy, the Washington Post reports. The funeral service is scheduled to begin at noon ET.

Also read: Whitney Houston's Death: Why the Media Sidestepped the Lurid Details

Houston, who was born in Newark, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Her body was flown to New Jersey on Monday, and she will be buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., according to her death certificate. Her father was buried there in 2003.

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