Mel Gibson Reportedly Tried to ‘Save’ Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston’s family invited Mel Gibson to attend the singer’s funeral because he reportedly tried to ‘save’ her at one point in her life, according to TMZ.

“Several years ago, when Whitney was about as bad off with drugs and alcohol as she ever was, Mel quietly intervened and spent a lot of time with her, trying to help her break the addiction cycle,” sources reported to TMZ.

Whitney’s  funeral is scheduled to take place at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., the city she was born in. About 1,500 people are expected to attend the invitation-only service. Whitney fans will be able to view the funeral on the web.

Whitney’s family is allegedly ‘extremely appreciative’ of Gibson and wanted to extend an invite. However, Gibson won’t be able to attend the funeral because of family plans, according to TMZ.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are slated to perform at Whitney’s funeral. Houston’s “Bodyguard” co-star Kevin Costner, ex-husband Bobby Brown and Oprah Winfrey are expected to attend, as are Tyler Perry, Rickey Minor and Alicia Keys, according to The Washington Post.

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