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Whitney Houston's coffin leaves the New Hope Baptist Church

The coffin of Whitney Houston has left the New Hope Baptist Church where her funeral was held.

Some 1,500 family and friends attended the service in Newark, New Jersey.

Her iconic song I Will Always Love You was played as her coffin was carried out of church to a golden hearse.

Houston will later be buried beside her father, John Russell Houston, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

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