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Funeral arrangements are reportedly underway as Houston's body was released by the Los Angeles County Coroner. "Houston's body departed from Los Angeles earlier this afternoon on a private XO Jet bound for New Jersey. It has been handed over to the care of her family," reports EOnline.
The funeral has been "tentatively scheduled for Friday at the Prudential Center" in Houston's hometown of Newark, reports the Star-Ledger.
The arena, which seats more than 18,500 people, represents the largest indoor venue in Newark and could accommodate far greater crowds than the New Hope Baptist Church, the red brick house of worship that served as Houston’s childhood church. The source declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for the family.
If plans proceed as expected, the service would take the route of Michael Jackson’s 2009 public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which brought out tens of thousands to bid the pop icon’s final farewell in a star-packed event.
In other news: The Beverly Hills Police Deparment has confirmed that "Houston was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room by a member of her personal staff," reports EW. The Los Angeles County Coroner performed an autopsy on Sunday but a final cause of death will likely be deferred pending toxicology results.