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Whitney Houston buried in New Jersey ceremony (PHOTOS)


The hearse carrying the body of singer Whitney Houston arrives for her burial service at the Fairview Cemetery on February 19, 2012 in Westfield, New Jersey. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012.


John W. Ferguson

Whitney Houston was laid to rest next to her father on Sunday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey - just south of Newark.

CNN reported the family-only burial was a brief, private affair in contrast to the star-studded memorial service held just a day before at Houston's childhood church - New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.

Houston died Feb. 11 in California at age 48. The exact cause of her death remains unknown.

Fans and onlookers gathered in several places along the 20 mile route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery, the Associated Press reported.

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Saturday's funeral was attended by some of the nation's most celebrated musicians and actors and was broadcast live on national television.

The ceremony ran nearly four hours and included performances and tributes by Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys and Kevin Costner.

Friend Kevin Costner, her co-star in “The Bodyguard,” recalled Whitney's audition for her part in that movie and her struggles with self-esteem and perfectionism.

He said despite her fame "the Whitney I knew still wondered am I good enough, am I pretty enough, it was the burden that made her great and... what made her stumble in the end."

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Alicia Keys spoke about her friendship with Houston and sang a tribute to her friend. Actor and director Tyler Perry remembered her grace and deeply religious beliefs, and mentor Clive Davis recalled her gratitude and their deep friendship.

Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Spike Lee were among those who attended, in addition to the late singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown who made a brief appearance.

Close family friend Aretha Franklin had been expected to sing at the service but canceled her appearance because of spasms in her legs.

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