Whitney Houston Funeral: Aretha Franklin To Sing At Family's Request

16 February 2012, 15:29 | Updated: 16 February 2012, 15:59

The 'Respect' singer is expected to perform at the event after being asked by the Houston family.

Aretha Franklin has reportedly been asked to sing at the funeral for Whitney Houston this weekend.

The 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' will be laid to rest on Saturday (18th February) with a private ceremony at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey.

A spokeswoman for 'Respect' singer Aretha, who was Whitney's godmother, has confirmed the Houston family have asked her to sing at the ceremony, which will be attended by 1,500 invite-only guests. 

Among the stars expected to attend the event are The X Factor US judge L.A. Reid, singer Chaka Khan and Whitney's cousin and fellow singer Dionne Warwick.

It was confirmed today (16th February) that the 'I Will Always Love You' singer's funeral will be streamed live across the Internet. 

Whitney Houston died last weekend (11th February) at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, and an investigation into the cause of her death is still underway.