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Whitney Houston remembered from her hometown in Newark to the Philippines

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People write messages at the entrance of Whigham Funeral Home, which is handling the funeral service of pop singer Whitney Houston, in Newark, New Jersey on Feb. 17. Houston, 48, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards. Police on Thursday said they plan to lock down streets near Saturday's private funeral for Houston in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey and urged the thousands of fans expected to crowd the area to stay home.

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A Filipino fan signs a message wall with the portrait of late US singer Whitney Houston at a SM mall in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 17.

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Born into a musical family, the singer's stunning voice wowed many, but drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage ravaged her image.