Whitney Houston's funeral will be livestreamed, to satisfy the desire of fans to grieve alongside family members at the Saturday memorial.

The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it will carry a live feed of the invitation-only funeral on livestream.com/aplive.

Houston's family has asked for privacy, but large crowds are still expected to gather outside Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, where the late singer performed as a child. Police have met with church officials to discuss crowd control.

Fans are also calling for a public memorial.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County coroner's office is seeking Whitney Houston's medical and pharmacy records as it continues the investigation into her death.


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Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said the request is standard procedure and made in virtually all death investigations because the documents could shed additional light and help determine if there were any serious medical conditions prior to death.

"We've already contacted a number of doctors with requests for records," he said Wednesday.

Winter added that there is nothing unusual about how his office is proceeding with the investigation into the U.S. singer's death.

"If somebody even dies in a crash, a blunt force trauma, we will still take medical issues into account," he said. "Anything helps."

Houston, 48, died Saturday after she was discovered, apparently unconscious, in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel. She died just hours before she was slated to perform at her longtime music producer Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Awards party.

Authorities said an autopsy found no indications of foul play or signs of trauma, but it could take weeks before the coroner's office completes toxicology tests and determines the cause of death.

State honour

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on Saturday at all state government buildings to recognize Houston. "Her accomplishments were a great source of pride for the people of the state," he said.

The Republican governor said late Wednesday that his office has received emails and other messages disparaging Houston for her problems with substance abuse and saying she doesn't deserve the honour. "What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I," he said.

In New Jersey, mourners have been laying flowers and messages for Houston outside the church where the funeral will be held — as well as lighting candles outside Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, where her remains currently rest.

Fans flooded the internet with tributes upon Houston's death and have created makeshift memorial sites around the globe.

Houston's family has yet to announce plans for a public memorial service, but fans say they are also are yearning to grieve and pay tribute to the singer themselves.

"We don't know what the circumstances are, but we're sure that the family did want to share something with the community that she gave so much to," Samuel Turner Jackson, of Newark, told The Associated Press.

"But they have their reasons, and we're going to do the best we can to pay our respects and to mourn her."

Another devotee, B.J. Frazier of East Orange, N.J., held out hope there will be a public memorial soon.

"Maybe at some point down the road, they might do something," he said. "It's like they're saying today, they shared her for a long time and they just want her to themselves for now."

On the West Coast, fans typically leave tributes to deceased celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. However, Houston has no star. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the walk, Houston had been selected in 1995, but never set a date for an unveiling ceremony. The selection expired in 2000, but could be reconsidered.

Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans will eulogize Houston, his office at Detroit's Perfecting Faith Church confirmed on Tuesday evening. A member of the prominent, Grammy-winning family of gospel singers, Winans presided over Houston's wedding to Bobby Brown in 1992. Both families have long been friends, with Houston performing with CeCe and BeBe Winans over the years.

Sony apology for price hike

Meanwhile, Sony Music has apologized for briefly raising the price of two Whitney Houston albums shortly after her death last Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In the U.K., Sony raised the wholesale cost of Houston's The Ultimate Collection and Greatest Hits album by approximately £3 (about $4.70) each, which then triggered a subsequent price increase on retailer iTunes.

"Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced on the U.K. iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologize for any offence caused," Sony said in statement.

When the prices changed, fan outrage rapidly spread online, though sales of Houston's music — both through online and traditional retailers — have skyrocketed regardless. Radio airplay and online streaming of her music has also soared.

Before her death, Houston had completed work on the film Sparkle, set to be released in August. In it, Houston portrays a mother worried about how fame will affect her three daughters as they form a singing group. She shares a duet on the soundtrack with singer and co-star Jordin Sparks.

With files from The Associated Press