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A hearse carrying the body of pop singer Whitney Houston arrives at the Whigham funeral home in Newark, NJ

*(Via Google News) – A hearse under heavy police escort arrived late Monday at a funeral home officials said was handling the arrangements for late pop star Whitney Houston.

The hearse traveled from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston’s body would arrive Monday night on a flight from the Los Angeles area.

Several officials familiar with funeral planning said arrangements were being made by Newark’s Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston’s father. They spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak for Houston’s family.

Houston died Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California. She was 48. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange.

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