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    Whitney Houston Funeral Plans in the Works as Body Transported to New Jersey

    Whitney Houston, plane Deano / Splash News; Richard Young/Startraks Photo

    Though her fans and family are still reeling from the shock of Whitney Houston's sudden death, the wheels are already in motion to make sure the singer can rest, and quickly, in peace.

    Funeral plans are already under way for the legendary Grammy winner, and a service is expected to take place later this week in Newark, N.J.

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    Houston's body was transferred from the Los Angeles County morgue into the care of Houston's family and transported to the Van Nuys airfield, where it was scheduled to depart on a private XO Jet bound for New Jersey.

    Though early speculation centered around Houston's funeral taking place in the Atlanta-area church at which Whitney was active over the years, E! News has learned that the 48-year-old's remains are headed to the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey.

    The location is hardly surprising as Houston was born in Newark and got her start singing in the city's New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Cissy Houston, served as musical director and cousin Dionne Warwick also sang.

    So far, the family hasn't commented on any funeral plans, though this morning the Los Angeles County Coroner said that arrangements were being made to hand over the body so that a memorial could take place.

    Meanwhile, new speculation is now centering on the possibility of holding a wake Thursday, before the private family service, at the 18,000-seater Newark Prudential Center.

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    Earlier Monday, the Beverly Hills Police Department held another press conference seeking to clarify some of the erroneous reports about Whitney's death.

    Lt. Mark Rosen ran through the facts of the case so far, confirming she was found underwater and unconscious in the hotel bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton at roughly 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    She was pulled from the tub by a member of her staff; no foul play is suspected and there were no signs of trauma on the singer's body.

    No further details on Houston will be released in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation pending the release of the results of her toxicology tests, which are expected in a few weeks' time.

    (Originally published on Feb. 13, 2012 at 12:11 p.m. PT)

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