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Reports: Tyler Perry arranged for Whitney Houston’s body to be transported to New Jersey by private plane

AP photo

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Whitney Houston’s body will be flown to her native New Jersey, according to a number of recent bulletins, although numerous earlier reports indicated the singer’s remains would be transported for burial in Atlanta.

TMZ reported earlier today that Tyler Perry made arrangements for her remains to be transported by private plane:

“Sources tell TMZ, Tyler Perry rushed to the L.A. hospital Saturday as soon as he heard about Whitney’s death, and immediately offered up his private plane to the family.”

The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, citing an NBC News report, posted this piece indicating the funeral will take place there. Whigham Funeral Home of Newark, thought to be in charge of arrangements, would not confirm, but the Star-Ledger noted it has handled the memorial services of some of Houston’s relatives, including her father.

A memorial service likely will be held  Friday or Saturday, CNN reported. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a close friend of the Houston family, discussed developments with AJC reporter Ernie Suggs today.

“I was in New Jersey yesterday and my impression is that [the body is] going there,” said Jackson, who was in Newark on Sunday meeting with Houston’s mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston. “The mother is distraught. She is a woman of strong faith and she has wrestled with her daughter for a long time. She was under the impression that Whitney was coming out of it. She is completely stunned.”

Check back throughout the day for updates; we’ll continue posting information as it becomes available.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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WillnAtlanta

February 13th, 2012
12:50 pm

This is a cautionary tale for everyone; Don’t mess with Drugs! Once drugs get a hold on you, it’s virtually impossible to get clean. Addicts will tell you, it’s a day to day existence trying to stay clean. They are most vulnerable when under the pressures of life, drugs sit there in their mind as quick relief. The weak aren’t able to power through, they keep returning to the drugs for a bailout. It’s also a cautionary tale about who you choose to hang out with. This was a woman with the right upbringing; brought up in the church, a good girl by all accounts. Also a woman that had a great deal of intelligence. You don’t rise to those heights of fame without all your faculties. Something brought her down. She was introduced to drugs by someone she was hanging out with. That someone was probably tough enough to handle drugs. I compare Whitney to a delicate flower, she was no match for drugs. They consumed her; and quickly. Drugs ate her up and spit her out. Drugs fried her brain a LONG time ago. Recent video showed that her behavior was erratic at best, she could barely hold a conversation with anybody. Walked around with flop sweat all over her, hair drenched. My mom always told me; you become like the 5 people you hang around most. You got to be careful who you and your kids hang around. Plain and simple, can’t escape the fact. Having said all that; I LOVe me some Whitney, no more loyal fan than me. None. She is the gold standard of a vocalist. God bless you girl – go to the light…and, and SING, GIRL, SING! SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU GOT GIRL.

Mrs. G

February 13th, 2012
12:50 pm

I pray for Whitney’s mother, daughter, brother and family and friends during this time..God grant them Peace and Serenity!!

Orlando

February 13th, 2012
12:51 pm

RIP Whitney, your voice will be missed. This is in memory of you….Bobbbaaayyyyyy

tim

February 13th, 2012
1:00 pm

CRACK IS WACK

justin

February 13th, 2012
1:03 pm

May God bless the entire Houston Family.

Whitney you were the sound track of my life! God has now called you to join the ultimate Mass Choir. You may be gone from this world, but you will never be forgotten!

Sad Reality

February 13th, 2012
1:04 pm

I pray for the family more than anything. I know how her mother feels when dealing with someone you thought may be getting better but really arent. I have TWO addicts in my immediate family, my mother AND older brother. Imagine how that has impacted my own life as I have two younger siblings. Drugs will absolutely ravage way more than just a body….they ravage LIVES. My entire live has been altered bc of another human being’s addiction. There are others out here besides me who can attest to how this hideous substance destroys people. I am very saddended by this and hopefully will serve as an eye opener for someone out there. It aint worth it. Its really not. Love y’all.

sad to hear

February 13th, 2012
1:09 pm

The droogs realy messed her up. Sad,sad that she couldn’t shake em

arlene

February 13th, 2012
1:12 pm

Thank you, lovely lady, for touching our lives with your powerful voice

and wonderful music. I pray that your soul has found peace, and that

you and your daddy, John, are once again together. He will meet you at

the gates of heaven,

arlene

February 13th, 2012
1:14 pm

PS…you made New Jersey proud! We will always love you.

~ from another NJ fan

Tami

February 13th, 2012
1:16 pm

It’s obvious that like with most things, people jump to conclusions about how she died. Seriously, she didn’t die from an overdose of cocaine. She wasn’t abusing drugs in that sense. The coroners confirmed she was taking Zanax for anxiety and mixed this with drinking alcohol and the combination killed her before she went under in the water in the bath tub. This is a tragic outcome for someone so great. But lets be respectful and not assume that when a person who struggles with drug addiction dies that its drug related. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friend and fans who loved and adored her. The music industry missed her voice and now the world will miss her presence.

James

February 13th, 2012
1:17 pm

We all make choices and this is just sad, sad, sad! God bless her family!

Tina

February 13th, 2012
1:18 pm

WillnAtlanta, Wow very well said. Thank you for sharing. I completly agree. May God bless Whitney’s family and may we all take heed to get our own house in order… We all have to leave the world sooner or later and hope to be what God has called us to be..obediant to him.

Tami

February 13th, 2012
1:18 pm

And by “drugs” I mean hard drugs…coke, heroin, crack, LSD…etc, not pain killers and anti-depressants.

ATLGAL

February 13th, 2012
1:19 pm

I am very devestated by her death. This is a huge loss in the music industry. Such a beauty!! RIP Whitney Houston you have made us proud!!)

cchan

February 13th, 2012
1:21 pm

WillnAtlanta, I am a great fan of Whitney Houston and started following her career long before she started singing because she was a teen model and so was I, so I was just infatuated with her after she appeared on the cover of teen magazine (the first black girl to do so) this made a great impression on me and other young black girls. But I later found out she was no angel by all means, she once stated that she started drinking and smoking weed at fifthteen and went to rehab at age sixteen. She said her mom you to sing in clubs in Harlem and would sing with her sometimes but she had to stay in the dressing room because she was too young to be in the club (underage people can perform in clubs), she stated while she was in the back people (her moms friends) would bring her alcohol and other stuff she never said what the other stuff was. Some kind of friends they were. When will people learn OTHER FOLKS don’t give a damn about your children. Her mother shouldn’t have left her in other people care in that kind of enviroment. Her demons started long before she met Bobby Brown, which is probably why she made such a foolish decision to marry such an idiot she was quite a bit older than him he was about 20 years old much too young for marriage just right for being stupid though. So sad. I still loved Whitney despite her misgivings in her personal life. I only saw her as a trailblazer for young black girls back in the day.

FAMUAKA

February 13th, 2012
1:23 pm

“The Preacher’s Wife” troubles will rise!. Whitney Houston loved the Lord and HE heard her cries! People really need to stop being negative(comments) because we as people do not know what trials or tribulations(tests) that we may encounter during our lifetime. Please uplift the family in prayers because Whitney was a daughter, sister but most of all a mother, so her family needs our prayers instead of the negative comments. No sin is greater or less! We all have sinned or fallen down @ some point in life…just remember the Lord is always here for us.

Joe

February 13th, 2012
1:39 pm

Jesse is never one to miss an opportunity….

ATL Native

February 13th, 2012
1:41 pm

Whether her untimely death was due to drugs, alcohol, drowning, whatever, she was an amazing vocal performer and her talent with sorely be missed.

truthbtold

February 13th, 2012
1:45 pm

RIP Whitney – What an incredible talent :) Gone too soon. Xanax, Alcohol, Marijuana, or Cocaine – they’re all drugs and their abuse can or will kill you. Young people need to learn from these public debacles because they go on everyday quietly in the rest of society to no fanfare. People choose how they want to party or celebrate, and they also choose how they cope with or deal with their problems. Seek help and wise counsel if you are dealing with problems while you still can.

Matt

February 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

Let it be known that she died from LEGAL drugs and ALCOHOL. Yes, she had a drug problem, but the stuff that did her in is available at your local pharmacy with a prescription (which is a extremely simple to get for someone like Whitney).

NOTHING kills and destroys lives & families like alcohol.

Me

February 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

Heaven’s choir gone put you out front girl, I’m jus sayin’. You ready doe

TPM

February 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

The numerous earlier reports of an Atlanta burial were reported by the AJC.

kimmer

February 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

Tami, if it was a combination of a prescription drug and alcohol isn’t that still drug abuse? And as far as labeling them ‘hard’ or not I’d say anything that causes a person’s death is a hard drug.

Of course we don’t know for sure it was drug related but when a seemingly healthy 48 year old woman with a history of drug abuse dies suddenly in a hotel room it is completely understandable that most will assume that drugs played a factor either directly (OD) or indirectly (heart damage).

Also, in virtually every case similar to this, the COD invariably involves drug abuse (A.N. Smith, M. Jackson, C. Farley, J. Belushi and I could go on an on).

Matt

February 13th, 2012
1:54 pm

truthbtold. marijuana does not kill you. Alcohol? yes. Cocaine? definitely. But not pot.

If Whitney had gone up to her room and smoked a joint instead of polluting her body with chemicals and alcohol, she’d most likely have calmed down from her hysterics and would be alive today.

clean

February 13th, 2012
1:59 pm

Doctors give people too many drugs. Its so easy to overdose, espesially if the drugs dont work fast enough. You can easily take too many and accidentally overdose. I think Whitney accidentally overdosed and it wasnt intentional. The drs who prescribed the drugs should be punished.

clean

February 13th, 2012
2:00 pm

Someone should have been helping Whitney and monitering her drug use. Most people need presriptions drugs, but some drugs need monitering because of their effects.

oneofeach4me

February 13th, 2012
2:03 pm

To some of you here asking what did she do that was so special?? Well. Can you tell me of ANYONE who came even CLOSE to her performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl? Nah.. I didn’t think so.

I agree that her death is sad, but not really shocking. Thing is, once you have been a drug addict, you either get completely clean and sober and take NOTHING including RX, or, you become addicted to RX in place of street drugs. If she was taking Xanax I am pretty sure she knew the dangers of drinking and taking it. If that’s the case, the desire and urge to be high on RX or drunk was just too strong.

Addiction comes in lots of forms….not just to street drugs.

Music Lover

February 13th, 2012
2:04 pm

Whitney, you gave us, almost, 30 years of sweet sounds with your POWERFUL Soprano. You entertained us in your movie roles (and one yet to be released, Sparkle). As the song from the Cooley High soundtrack says, it’s so hard to say goodbye. When we wanted to feel good, we put on songs like “I Want To Dance With Somebody” and we danced our troubles away. When we looked towards the future, we put on “The Greatest Love of All” with your opening line “I believe the children are our future”. You told us of your greatest love when you recorded “I Love The Lord”. Rest, sweet Whitney. The Lord loves you, too. For he heard your cries. Your Earthly turmoil is over now. May you sing with the Angels. We will miss you. We love you, Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

Nancey

February 13th, 2012
2:06 pm

Bubba, you are a jerk. Why is it that there is always someone who will act the fool when they should just keep their mouths and keyboards silent?

Whitney had a beautiful voice. So sad. My husband is an addiction counselor and says that to stay clean, a recovering addict should avoid any mood altering drug (especially alcohol), not just the hard stuff. She should have been aware of this, but either she ignored this or wasn’t told. I don’t know what recovery center she went to, but some just don’t get tough with their celebrity clients. So we lose another remarkable talent.

joewhite

February 13th, 2012
2:21 pm

Wow willnatlanta i am sure you have someone in you family with the same issues. So to try to judge houston is a epic failure. Hell most people have someone we love on drugs or drinking. However my prayer’s are with the family whitney sing in heaven for our lord and savior cause he is the only one who you have to answer too, I know u there with him for sure.

Pamela

February 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

I truly loved Whitney Houston. I was hoping and waiting for a strong come back. She was truly a gift from God. My prayers are with her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her Mother Cissy Houston, Bobby Brown and her 2 brothers she left behind. Whitney was saved so therefore I know for a fact that she is with the Lord. The Apostle Paul said in the bible “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. I know that she is so happy now in the presence of the Lord/God. She was the most talented singer on this earth. Her voice was absolutely beautiful. We all have problems and fall short of the grace of God. We all have our own demons to deal with. It’s so sad how badly she was treated by the public due to her demons. She is resting with the Lord now…this earth is not her problem. She is soooo happy. God Bless her family and Rest In Peace Whitney :) You will be missed and always loved! :)

Andy

February 13th, 2012
2:24 pm

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Andy

February 13th, 2012
2:24 pm

Amazing how we have all become God and so judgmental. RIP to another human being that has passed away. Respect and well wishes to your family.

Pamela

February 13th, 2012
2:28 pm

As far as her singing abilities as of late…she sound soooo much better than ANYBODY at her worst. She was a very talented, classy lady. God Bless You Whitney! Rest in peace…

People should NOT judge her. You must remember that the same measure you use to judge another person God will use to measure it to you. Have mercy on somebody else for heavens sake! She was a beautiful person. I’m so happy to have had a chance to hear her beautiful voice. She was beautiful inside/out…DO NOT JUDGE HER!!!!

justin

February 13th, 2012
2:39 pm

@ Matt

February 13th, 2012
1:54 pm

truthbtold. marijuana does not kill you. Alcohol? yes. Cocaine? definitely. But not pot.

If Whitney had gone up to her room and smoked a joint instead of polluting her body with chemicals and alcohol, she’d most likely have calmed down from her hysterics and would be alive today.

You are a moron plain and simple!

Steve

February 13th, 2012
2:44 pm

Whitney has not really contributed to the world of music for more than a decade, (except of some serious embarrassments). That is when, (back then) she said her good buy. Not too much of a loss now. Very sad. RIP, WH.

peachie

February 13th, 2012
2:49 pm

Prescription drugs, not just crack etc kill ! It’s not harmless just because a doctor gave it to you.
Look at Elvis, M. Jackson and now Whitney Houston.
Be careful what you put in your body.

SJP

February 13th, 2012
2:49 pm

@CCHAN. I remember a show on Whitney’s life in the earlier years of her career stating everything you have said about her drinking and smoking even before she met Bobby…but so few people know that or want to acknowledge that. Because Bobby is from the other side of the tracks he has gotten blame for a lot of things, as everyone assumed he is the person who got her hooked. Despite it all and what ever mistakes Whitney or Bobby made in their lives, I love them both and I think they truly loved each other. ( I just saw Bobby perform at JazzFest in Jamaica and as usual he was being Bobby. There was a Soca artist named DESTRA at JazzFest as well that belted out several of Whitney songs, and I was thinking that Bobby must have been there thinking about his love for Whitney).

I really hope that people remember the positive side of Whitney. She is a true legend and there is no one like her. She has left an indelible mark in each of our lives. We have to remember she is human first but a WONDERFUL ICON that can never be replaced. May her soul RIP and I hope she will find the peace and the love she so sought on this earth, from her heavenly Father above. She is now in HEAVEN and is preparing to join that wonderful MASS CHOIR of Luther, Teddy, Etta, Vesta, Michael, Gerald Levert, Ashford Simpson and all the other notables that went on before her.

As human beings we do not give folks the love and honor when they are alive…we always seem to wait until they die…which is a shame. All the out pouring of love that is being sent to Whitney now that she has passed, maybe, just maybe if we all had shown her more love before she died, just maybe, the course of her life would have changed somewhat.

I pray for strength for her Mother Cissie, her daughter Bobbie-Kristina, her ex-husband Bobby and teh rest of her friends and family. It is hard to deal with her loss, so I can just imagine how hard it is for her family and mother.

As her friends in Jersey refer to her…NIPPY (Whitney), R.I.P girl…God has your back now!!!

Ubba-Bubba

February 13th, 2012
2:50 pm

I bet Sharpton & co will glorify her to heavens, and blame everything, and everyone else for her failure. It won’t be any surprise if he plays the race card again.

11 alive

February 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

CRACK IS WHACK!

Steve

February 13th, 2012
3:08 pm

OMG! Read the other article. T.D.Jakes says during filming he saw no signs of WH having substance issues! Here we go again! The entire world knew about what Jakes did not while working with her!!! How ignorant! Soon we will find out that she had NO drug problems whatsoever!

sharon

February 13th, 2012
3:14 pm

Thank you Tami.

sharon

February 13th, 2012
3:16 pm

SJP don’t forget Teena Marie and Phyllis Hyman are in that choir too

Miss sugar

February 13th, 2012
3:16 pm

Peace and blessings!

M

February 13th, 2012
3:18 pm

she was looking bloated again, not heavy but bloated in her pictures. i just said Lord please give her strength please. well i was out to dinner saturday night and my blackberry beeped an urgent message it was my mom telling me Whitney passed. The owner also received a blackberry and announced it…we all froze…then we did a moment of silence and continued our meal….I love you girl and please rest in peace.

back2bama

February 13th, 2012
3:26 pm

If you can’t say anything other than R.I.P. don’t make derogatory comments about the dead. She just like all of us had problems to overcome; however, she may not have been strong enough to fight her demons… God please hear our prayer and give Mrs. Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina the strength they need during this time of sorrow…… I will always love you Whitney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justina38

February 13th, 2012
3:29 pm

My prayers to her Mom, daugher and family. She will be so missed. I grew up on Whitney Houston’s music and a huge fan of her. Just so shocked by her passing. No one can ever take her place or even come close to her beautiful voice. I have how hard it is for her Mother to cope with this. Be strong you did all you could and tried so hard with your interventions. A legend is gone but will never be forgotton.

SJP

February 13th, 2012
3:36 pm

Sharon, yes thanks for the reminder…Teena Marie and Phyliss Hyman and all the others I forgot to mention…Amy Winehouse too…though she is of another genre of music…:)

dee

February 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

I loved Whitney regardless of her flaws. We all have them in one form or another. God bless her family as he gives them strength to carry on in her absence.

kathy butler

February 13th, 2012
3:44 pm

I think it is so sad that the void she had in her life she chose to fill with drugs and alcohol when she should have filled it with God. She was raised right but she chose the world and now look what the world has done to her. My only prayer, other than for her family, is that she had enough time to cry out to God before she took her last breath. What a shame she didnt’ give her talent back to the one who created it .