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Remembering Whitney Houston – 1 Year After Her Sudden Death

It’s still a shock to many of her fans that the super star, Whitney Houston is no longer with us. Houston was remembered yesterday at the 2013 Grammy Awards by her peers. Below is what some celebrities had to say on the red carpet of the Grammys last night.

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“Whitney’s voice was powerful,” said R&B singer Miguel, who is nominated for five Grammys including song of the year. “She was dynamic. I would like her to be remembered for her voice and smile. I think she’d want to be celebrated.”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl praised Houston.

“She’ll be remembered as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time,” the singer told THR. “Not only did she sell 800 bazillion records, but she’s a f—ing amazing singer.”

Today marks the one year anniversary of her death.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina with her ex husband Bobby Brown.

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Report: Whitney Houston accidentally drowned in bathtub

Whitney Houston appears to have suffered a heart episode before accidentally drowning in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, according to coroner’s officials who listed cocaine use as a contributing factor.

Whitney Houston arrives at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills. (Dan Steinberg/Associated Press / February 12, 2012)

The autopsy results were released Thursday after weeks of intense speculation over how the 48-year-old pop star died.

Houston had battled drug addiction for years, and the coroner’s office found traces of several drugs — including marijuana, the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril as well as Benadryl — in her system. But the coroner’s office concluded that those drugs did not contribute to her death.

Cocaine did play a role, though officials would not say how much of the drug was in her system. Craig Harvey, the coroner’s operations chief, said the toxicology findings “suggested chronic usage.”

“She could have had a heart attack,” rendering her unconscious, and then become submerged in the filled tub, said Ed Winter, the coroner’s deputy chief for operations.

A law enforcement source said that no cocaine was found in Houston’s room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel but that bottles of various medications were recovered. The autopsy found that the singer suffered from a pre-existing condition known as atherosclerotic heart disease.

David Campbell, a retired captain for the coroner’s office, said the disease is often linked to blockages of blood flow to the heart.

Use of cocaine and other narcotics would intensify the dangers, he said. Cocaine can constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow, he said.

In an interview with ABC News in 2002, Houston acknowledged using cocaine as well as marijuana and drinking heavily at times. She strongly denied using crack cocaine.

“Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack,” she said in the interview. “Let’s get that straight. OK? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that.”

Last May, Houston’s spokeswoman said the singer was going back into rehab.

Cocaine has played a role in several high-profile deaths among entertainers. In 1982, John Belushi died of a combined injection of cocaine and heroin known as a speedball at the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip. Fellow “Saturday Night Live” performer Chris Farley died of an accidental overdose of cocaine and morphine in Chicago in 1997.

Unlike in the Jackson case, Winter said no further investigations are planned. Beverly Hills police said detectives will prepare a final report, due to be released in two weeks, after they review the coroner’s findings.

Investigators had served subpoenas on doctors as well as at the pharmacies where Houston obtained the prescriptions they found in her hotel room. But officials said they don’t believe any of those medications played a role in her death. Authorities did not say how long those drugs had been in her system.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her hotel room the afternoon of Feb. 11 by an assistant. Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics performed CPR on the singer for about 20 minutes before pronouncing her dead.

She was in Beverly Hills for music industry titan Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy party that night at the Hilton. Her death cast a pall over the Grammy Awards, which took place the next day.

In the days before her death, Houston had been acting strangely, skipping around a ballroom, doing handstands near the hotel pool and perspiring heavily. Two days before her death, she dropped by the rehearsals for the pre-Grammy party. A Grammy staffer said that as reporters interviewed Davis and singers Brandy and Monica, Houston was dancing just off camera to make them laugh.

Davis, who discovered Houston and shepherded her recording career, declined through a spokeswoman to comment on the coroner’s report.

Houston’s family said they hope the autopsy allows them to move on with their lives.

“We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” said Patricia Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and manager, in a statement to the Associated Press.

Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

 

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Daughter to follow Whitney Houston into showbiz

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 12th, 2012 - in Breaking News, Entertainment News, Whitney Houston
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Bobbi Kristina tells Oprah: I still talk to Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 19, says she’s doing “as good as I possibly can” since her mother died last month.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown made the comments in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday on OWN. The 19-year-old said she still senses her spirit: “I feel her passing through me all the time.”

She even gets visits from Houston at their home, Brown said. “Lights turn on and off, and I’m like, ‘Mom, what are you doing?’ I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”

She described her mother as her best friend, her sister, her confidant — “my everything.”

 

The mini, Whitney Houston, says she plans to continue in her mother’s footsteps by singing, acting and dancing.

 

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Whitney Houston’s will: Ex-husband Bobby Brown doesn’t get a cent

Back in the day: Whitney Houston and then-husband Bobby Brown arrive at a Hollywood premiere in 1997. (Rene Macura / Associated Press)

 

(Los Angeles Times) Whitney Houston’s will and estate leave no room for confusion. Everything goes to a single heir: Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, the late singer’s one and only child.

And ex-husband Bobby Brown gets nothing.

That’s what attorney Kenny Meisalas, who represents Houston, told the Associated Press this week. Unlike other celebrity estates that may be subject to disputes and dueling survivors trying to get their hands on the riches, Houston’s estate was apparently well-managed and organized. Meisalas said the execution of the will was quite “straightforward.”

“Things with the family have been very smooth, no problems,” he told the news service. He added that everything was proceeding normally, and that he didn’t anticipate any challenges to the will.

Fulton County Probate Court Judge Pinkie T. Toomer in Atlanta on Wednesday approved the will, according to the AP. Houston’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, was recognized as the estate’s administrator.

The Ministry of Gossip, reports that money from the estate will go into a trust until Houston’s daughter turns 21, with a subsequent payment at age 25 and the rest at age 30. Houston’s daughter will break her silence on Sunday, when a prerecorded interview with Oprah Winfrey is slated to air.

Unclear, however, is what the estate entails and how much Bobbi Kristina Brown will inherit.

Houston is said to have struggled financially over the years despite being one of the country’s most successful singers. But it’s hard to separate rumor from truth. The tabloids have portrayed Houston as suffering for years under the control of ex-husband Bobby Brown, suggesting that the pair squandered her fortune with reckless spending and drug use. There have also been reports that Houston borrowed heavily against an upcoming album.

Such a debt load, if true, might be erased in the wake of her posthumous success. Houston’s death last month at the age of 48 sent her record sales soaring. This week alone sees four Houston albums in the top 20 positions on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with her “Greatest Hits” album at No. 2.

Houston, 48, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room Feb. 11. She was found submerged in a bathtub just hours before she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammys soiree hosted by her longtime mentor, Clive Davis. A cause of death has not yet been determined, in part because toxicology tests are still pending.

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Whitney Houston Open-Casket Photo Sparks Outrage

NEW YORK, NY  (CBS) — The National Enquirer is causing a stir after publishing a photo purported to be Whitney Houston in an open casket.

The cover image sits alongside the caption: “Whitney: The Last Photo! Inside Her Private Viewing.”

It’s a bold move even for the Enquirer, especially considering the tight constraints Houston’s family put on the media during the late singer’s wake and funeral. Several media outlets have since re-posted the magazine shot online.

The photo was reportedly taken at the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey. It’s unclear how the Enquirer obtained the still-unverified shot.

In the image, Houston is seen in a purple dress with a brooch pinned to her chest. According to the Enquirer headline, the singer was buried wearing $500,000 worth of jewelry with gold slippers on her feet.

Since its publication on Wednesday, the photo has ignited an outrage against the tabloid on Facebook and Twitter.

In response to the reaction, publisher Mary Beth Wright told FoxNews.com, “I thought it was beautiful,” referring to the photo.

Still, it’s not the first time the Enquirer has shocked readers. In 1977, it published a picture of Elvis Presley in his casket. Three years later, the magazine followed suit after John Lennon’s assassination.

Houston was laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown of Newark, N.J. — a week after she was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton. She was 48.

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Bobbi Kristina Goes Missing After Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Bobbi Kristina Brown was closely tucked next to her grandmother, Cissy Houston during the 3 1/2 hour long funeral for her mother, Whitney Houston, held in Newark, NJ Saturday.

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But once the services ended and her mother’s casket was carried out of the New Hope Baptist Church, the 18-year-old alarmed her family and friends when she went missing. Meanwhile, it was being speculated that she was using drugs at that time.

“There was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina’s whereabouts last night for a short time, but she’s OK,” a Houston family spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Sunday, adding that drugs were not part of the equation. “She needed some time alone.”

On Feb. 11, Bobbi Kristina, who was at the Beverly Hills hotel when her mother’s body was found in a bathroom inside her hotel room, was rushed to the hospital following the tragic news.

At Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, the teen was treated for stress while a psychiatric evaluator was brought in to determine if she needed to be placed on a 5150 (an involuntary psychiatric hold).

“Everything [was] stressful,” Billy Watson, an extended family member, explained to Us Weekly. “Her mama died, so she broke down. Nobody expected her to pass as quickly as she did. [Bobbi Kristina] had a nervous breakdown.”

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Bobby Brown Leaves Whitney’s Funeral Before It Begins

Updated at 1:25pm PST Feb, 18th: Brown’s rep has released a statement indicating that he and his children were invited, seated by security and then asked to move three times. “I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move,” he said in the statement, adding that he was prevented from attempting to see Bobbi Kristina.

“Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”]

 

Bobby Brown arrived at Whitney Houston’s funeral and left abruptly.

Bobby Brown abruptly leaves Whitney's funeral in a black Cadillac.

There were rumors that Bobby was asked not to attend, he did indeed show up to the funeral, but was seen leaving just minutes later.

NJ.com is reporting that Bobby left New Hope Baptist Church just minutes before the funeral began.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Brown brought an entourage of nine people with him to the Newark church and wanted them to sit with them in the family section.

“They were asked to leave,” the person said, referring to the entourage. Brown was not asked to leave, but “he left with the other people,” according to the person, who was not at liberty to discuss the situation publicly.

Brown appeared visibly upset as he left the church and got into a black Cadillac SUV.

NJ.com contributed to this report.

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Tyler Perry Speaks at Whitney Houston Funeral

Tyler Perry gave a riveting speech at Whitney Houston’s funeral, reflecting past memories of special moments with the singing sensation.

Hundreds of mourners, fans and, yes, media, lined the streets near both locations Friday. Also sprouting up outside the church and funeral home: makeshift, ever-growing shrines with cards, flowers, balloons, photos and handwritten prayers.

A little later BeBe and CeCe Winans are set to sing at the funeral, which will be officiated by their brother Marvin.Among the confirmed attendees: Houston cousin Dionne Warwick,  Forest Whitaker, Chaka Khan, Ray J, Aretha Franklin, Kim Burrell, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Rickey Minor, Alicia Keys and Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the producers of her final film, Sparkle.Although Oprah Winfrey was invited, it’s unclear if she’ll attend. There has been speculation that she’ll accompany good friend Tyler Perry, who is attending, to the service (and who provided the private plane to transport Houston’s body from Los Angeles to New Jersey). Though Mel Gibson was reportedly invited to the funeral, he is not expected to be there.

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Due to a prior commitment, Dolly Parton will also not be in attendance, though she released a new statement in tribute to the singer:

“My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest. I did not know Whitney nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song ‘I Will Always Love You.’

“Rest in peace, Whitney.”

Following Saturday’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church, Houston will be interred on Sunday, laid to rest alongside her father at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J.

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