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Whitney Houston due back in N.J., funeral likely later this week

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The funeral for Whitney Houston may be this Friday at the 18,000-seat Newark Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., hometown of the late pop singer, according to published reports.

Funeral plans have not been solidified, but the AP reported that the family is eyeing the arena for the ceremony, with a wake possibly to be held on Thursday at an unknown location. Houston's body was reportedly flown into Newark from California last night.

Houston, 48, was "underwater and apparently unconscious" when she was discovered in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub Saturday, and officials said they found prescription drugs in her hotel room, the AP reported Monday.

The Beverly Hills Police Department wouldn’t confirm the reports and wouldn’t speculate whether any drugs played a role in the singer’s death. The toxicology report won't be back for up to six to eight weeks.

Still, much speculation has pointed to some combination of the prescription drugs and alcohol having led to Houston's death, and Monday published purported photos of Houston's hotel room showing her last meal, which included champagne and a can of Heineken.

"As can be expected in a high profile incident such as this there have been many rumors circulating andmuch speculation by the media and the public," Beverly Hills Police saidin a statement.

"In order to minimize such speculation, the Beverly Hills Police Department has asked the Coroner's office to place a security hold on their findings until they have a complete and final report prepared."

Houston, 48, who battled drug addiction during her life, was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hillshotel room Saturday on the eve of music's Grammy Awards, stunning friends, family and fans.


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