Whitney Houston was a celebrity, but tens of millions honored her and watched her funeral on Saturday February 18, 2012. I got the news about her death on Saturday February 11, 2012 from William Hathaway, Jr. It was around 8:45 in the evening. He read about it on the Internet at the Yahoo! website. I was driving, and we both were skeptical. So I asked him to search on other websites. He did, but did not see any news. I came home and just a one line report came in on all major TV stations, except CNN.
However, the love from the people forced all of the media to cover the news, and the next morning, Whitney Houston’s death was mentioned everywhere. New Jersey Governor has not recognized her demise immediately either. However as the news became big, the governor’s response became big. He ordered that flags be at half-staff on February 12, 2012.