Caesar: 'Whitney Sought Deliverance Through Faith'

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Houston's remains were flown from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. aboard actor Tyler Perry's private jet on Monday. Her family and friends gathered at the funeral home in Newark where her body was taken.

The 48-year-old pop star was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday. Prescription drugs were found in her room.

Click play to watch the entire interview with gospel singer Shirley Ceasar about Houston's struggles and her faith in God.

Investigators are waiting for toxicology tests to determine the cause of death. After an autopsy Sunday, authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston.

Houston battled drug and alcohol addiction during her career.

CBN News spoke with Houston's godmother, Gospel singer Shirley Caesar.

Caesar said regardless of how Houston died, she was seeking to overcome her troubles through her faith.

"I know she had been in Houston, Texas, and I don't know where else. She had met up with Kim Burrell, but they were together praising God, speaking in tongues, and giving God the glory," Caesar told CBN News.

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"She wasn't there to try and put on airs, to make somebody believe something. This girl was prostrate on the floor, on the floor crying out to God. Why? Because she wanted total deliverance and it's only the Lord who will judge her to say as to whether or not she makes it in," Ceasar said.

Houston was good friends with gospel artist CeCe Winans. The two are best known for their duet, "Count on Me."

“I have no words to express how I feel.  Whitney was not just a friend but a sister and I am going to miss her voice and her humor, but mostly her friendship," Winans wrote in a statement to CBN News.

Watch Whitney Houston's performance with Shirley Caesar and CeCe Winans at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

"She was undoubtedly one of the greatest voices of our time and a great person," Winans continued. "Please keep her family in prayer. The best way to honor her is to be reminded that tomorrow is not promised to any of us so, love God and love each other.”

A wake for Houston is set for Thursday. Her family is considering a public funeral, similar to the one held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles in 2009. It could be at Newark's Prudential Center, a sports arena that seats around 18,000 people.

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