Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral descended into chaos on Saturday as her aunt Leolah Brown was escorted out of the service by movie mogul Tyler Perry and then launched an astonishing attack on Pat Houston.
Booted out of St. James Methodist Church for interrupting Pat Houston’s eulogy in front of the star studded congregation of mourners, Brown began a tirade against her, saying, ‘Whitney Houston will haunt Pat Houston from the grave’.
As the simmering feud between the Brown and Houston families publicly and spectacularly erupted, Brown addressed reporters outside the church while the funeral for her niece ended with Whitney Houston’s Jesus Loves Me ringing out in the church.
‘It’s not over. We’ve got evidence of who Pat really is, this is going to be a long drawn out process,’ said Leolah, who has been fighting with the Houston family over Bobbi’s $20 million inheritance and the Sweet 16 theme of the funeral.
‘Things are connected,’ said Brown about Pat Houston, who is married to Whitney Houston’s brother Gary.
‘Pat is a fraud and a phony. She is not a Houston, she’s a Garland.’
Eyewitnesses said the somber, invite-only funeral for 22-year-old Bobbi had been going well and was a celebration of her life.
Reverend Michael McQueen, the senior pastor at St James’ hosted the the service which included prayers from the Bible, followed by tributes and then a eulogy.
Bobby Brown wrote a special message in the funeral’s program which read, ‘I also will always love you’ and in a touching move, a gospel choir sang the same song that was played at mother, Whitney Houston’s memorial.
Donnie McClurkin’s Stand was sung at the superstar singer’s memorial back in 2012 and the repeat performance touched everyone.
‘It was beautiful. It was wonderful that Whitney was remembered too’ said one mourner to the UK’s Daily Mirror.
Her grandmother, gospel singer Cissy sang The Lord is my Shepherd
All the mourners inside the church were given an A4 order of service, embossed with a beautiful picture of Bobbi on the front.
The service in total went on for two hours and 41 minutes – including Leolah Brown’s outburst – and finished with the late 22-year-old being taken out of the church with bagpipes playing Ave Maria.
It was when Pat Houston began her eulogy thought, that Leolah began heckling and outside the church she paid tribute to her niece.
‘She will be remembered in our hearts forever. It’s so sad that this has happened to her,’ said Brown.
‘I’m angry at Nick, I am angry at what happened.’
‘It was all fine until Pat started speaking.’
Prior to Leolah’s outburst, it was reported that members of the Brown family were upset that Pat Houston had asked for donations to her charity instead of mourners buying Bobbi Kristina flowers.
Brown was furious with Bobbi Kristina’s funeral invitation, which states: ‘The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bobbi Kristina’s name to The Marion P Foundation.’
The Marion P. Foundation is a charity run by Pat Houston, and it is for the benefit of troubled teens.
Earlier last month, Bobby Brown’s relatives were barred from visiting the Peachtree Christian Hospice in Georgia because an unidentified person took deathbed photographs and tried to sell them.
And, of course, both families are fighting for control of Bobbi Kristina’s $20 million inheritance.
Earlier, mourners including Grammy award winning singer Monica and actor Michael Jai White gathered at the Alpharetta, Atlanta church to say goodbye to Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown.
Bobbi Kristina’s silver casket arrived at St. James United Methodist Church just a few hours before her funeral.
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