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Whitney Houston's Family

Arrives for Private Viewing

2/17/2012 3:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0217_cissy_houston_splashnewsonlineCissy Houston (above) and several other members of Whitney Houston's family just arrived for the private viewing service in Newark, New Jersey -- one day before the singer's funeral.

The service is for close friends and family -- as we previously reported, the guest list is extremely small ... Dionne Warwick has also arrived (below).

0217_dionne_warwick_tmzBobbi Kristina just arrived as well (below).

0217-bobbi-kristina-infdaily_labledClive Davis briefly attended (below), but has since taken off -- leaving shortly after the services were scheduled to begin at 5PM EST.

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4:08 PM PT: It looks like things are wrapping up -- limos are starting to pull out outside the Whigham Funeral Home.

According to sources, Whitney's casket is platinum from top to bottom with gold handles.

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Roxy    

Cissy looks so sad. I pray for her and her family.

876 days ago
2.

Please!!!     

R.I.P. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

876 days ago
3.

cindy    

Bless her heart!

876 days ago
4.

patty    

parent should never have to bury her child:( part of the selfishness of addiction

876 days ago
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pmante    

WTF?????? CLIVE DAVIS ISN'T STAYING??? HOW DISRESPECTFUL IS THAT???

876 days ago
6.

Topaz    

Wow. Look at the hurt & pain in her moms eyes.....sad.

876 days ago
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northern gypsy    

they say a picture is worth a thousand words...
C.H. pain and sorrow are etched into her face...

876 days ago
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Truth    

GUESS CISSY HAD A FEW WORDS FOR CLIVE AND THE HANDLING OF THE PRE-GRAMMY PARTY... THEN HE BOLTED. MAYBE CISSY DIDNT WANT HIM THERE AFTER WHAT HAPPENED, YA THINK?? #TRUTH!!

876 days ago
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leslie    

Poor cissy.

876 days ago
10.

awards    

Hope she finds some comfort there! RIP Whitney!

876 days ago
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Mindy    

I hope this isn't the case, but I have a feeling that someone will snap a pic of the viewing and sell it. I swear there is no celeb who's passed on in the last 30 years where a picture hasn't surfaced. I do hope that the family can have this truly private time to mourn the loss of their loved one.

876 days ago
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Tiki    

She handed her to the industry 30 years ago; they gave her back in a casket. Young people need to realize being famous comes with a lot of baggage.

876 days ago
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rita    

I bet you clive davis will leave her funeral early tomorrow also. Some of those people are not religious but totally the opposite, I wonder how they will react to Rev. Winans giving a religious convicting sermon and religious songs in their ears. I bet alot of those people that you have never seen with Whitney will leave early tomorrow.

876 days ago
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Googie    

The hardest thing ever in life is for a parent to bury their child. While Whitney was an Icon to our society, the look on her mother's face says it all. Simply that a mother should never have to bury her child. Prayers go out to Cissy and the Houston family at this most difficult time.

876 days ago
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Rudy    

People! This is a viewing! You go, look at the body, say a silent prayer, pay your respects to family and leave. It is not social or a long drawn out thing.

876 days ago
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