New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half staff throughout the state Saturday during funeral. The 48-year-old music icon's body was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday afternoon.
Gov. Christie said Houston was a "cultural icon" who belongs in the same category in New Jersey music history as legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The governor called Houston's accomplishments in the music industry "a great source of pride for the people of the state."
In the past, flags in New Jersey have also been lowered to pay tribute to other local music legends. In June, for example, flags were flown at half staff following the death of musician Clarence Clemons, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band.