Following a public tribute to Whitney Houston at last night’s Grammy Awards, plans are beginning to materialize for a private memorial in the singer’s honor. NBC New York reports that Houston’s body will be transported back to the East Coast in preparation for a ceremony in her home state of New Jersey. Raised in East Orange, New Jersey played a role in Houston’s rise to musical prominence, as she began her singing career at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church where her mother Cissy ran the musical program and her cousin, Dionne Warwick, sung in the choir. Houston’s body will travel from Los Angeles with her mother as early as Monday evening, potentially on a private jet belonging to Tyler Perry. While it was previously reported that a funeral would take place in Atlanta, sources tell NBC that arrangements are expected to be handled by Newark’s Whigham Funeral Home, the same group that handled Houston’s father Arthur Lee Warrick’s funeral in 2003.
While no official cause has been determined, Houston’s body was released from the morgue on Monday following the completion of an autopsy. A coroner’s report noted the mixture of Xanax and alcohol, although any further details remain under wraps with toxicology results pending.