Whitney Houston’s fans get a chance to say goodbye online

Despite earlier announcements that Whitney Houston’s funeral would be closed to the public, there’s now one way fans can attend: via the Internet.

The Associated Press announced Thursday that the news organization would broadcast the legendary singer’s funeral on its Livestream.com channel on Saturday.

Houston’s funeral will be held at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, which the singer attended as a child.

New Hope only seats about 1,500 people, and the decision to allow so few people to attend drew some criticism from fans in the area. Newark’s police directorhas told the media that over 100 police officers, including S.W.A.T. teams, will be on hand for security.

“Wow, very gracious of the family to allow that and let us be a part of the service,” LoverForLife04 wrote on the Whitney Houston fan forum Classic Whitney.

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Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.