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Friday
Oct122012

Steven Seagal, Dionne Warwick on Tax Scofflaw List

MARK RALSTON/GETTY IMAGES(LOS ANGELES) -- Action movie star Steven Seagal and singer Dionne Warwick have one thing in common, according to the state of California’s Franchise Tax Board.

The agency says pair both owe back taxes.  According to the Franchise Tax Board website, Warwick has been delinquent since January 2003 and owes California $2,598,968.65.

The Franchise Tax Board says Seagal has been on its delinquent list since April of this year and owes the state of California $347,849.67.

Seagal and Warwick have not commented on the matter.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Dionne Warwick Thinks Whitney Houston Died of a Heart Attack

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dionne Warwick revealed how she thinks her cousin Whitney Houston died.

“You know, in all honesty, I think she had a heart attack, that’s what I think happened to her,” Dionne said when asked what she thought authorities would say was the cause of death. The 71-year-old singer, who is working on an untitled “50th Anniversary” studio album, said she didn’t think drugs played a role.

“I don’t know if it’s that or not. I think her heart just gave out,” she added.

Dionne also shed light on the mood on board the private jet, loaned by movie mogul Tyler Perry, that transported Whitney’s body back to her native New Jersey. “It was a combination of things: stories, laughter, tears. All the emotions that you feel when somebody very near to you passes,” she said.

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Thursday
Mar082012

Dionne Warwick Reveals Final Conversation With Whitney Houston

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The final days and hours of Whitney Houston's life were filled with family and preparing for her comeback in music and movies, her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, said Thursday.

"I spoke to Whitney the day that she passed," Warwick said Thrusday on ABC’s Good Morning America.  "I spoke to her that morning.  She said, 'You're here, aren't you? You're coming to the party, aren't you?'  I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to be there' and she said, 'Thank you, I want you to be here. You've got to be here for me.'"

Houston was found dead Feb. 11 in the bathroom of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles where the 48-year-old singer was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party thrown each year by her mentor, the music mogul Clive Davis.

"I spoke to her that afternoon once I landed in L.A. and that was it," Warwick, 71, said of their last conversation.  "She was so up and ready and happy.  She had everything in the world to live for.  She had a new film that was an absolute dream to make and do.  She was getting ready to go back into the studio to record.  She was getting her vocals together."

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Houston had just completed filming the movie Sparkle with former American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks. The six-time Grammy winner was also working with Davis to release a new album.

"It's very, very surreal. It hasn't really sunk in yet," Warwick said of the death of Houston, whom she called "the little girl I never had."  "I have not had an opportunity to really mourn or completely break down, which I will do, I know that."

Warwick spoke at the star-studded, nearly four-hour funeral ceremony held for Houston last month in Newark, N.J., where she was seen comforting her aunt and Houston's mom, Cissy.

"I am so proud of her.  She's really holding up so very well," Warwick said of singer Cissy Houston.  "She has her moments of course and will continue to have her moments.  I think she's coming to terms with it just about now.  It's going to take quite a bit of time."

Warwick has also been there to support Houston's only child, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, whom new reports say will inherit her mother's entire fortune.  Houston's 19-page will reportedly leaves all her belongings, including money and jewelry, to Bobbi Kristina in a trust that will dole out money to her at ages 21, 25 and 30.

Bobbi Kristina, Houston's child with ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown, took the death particularly hard and was hospitalized twice for stress and anxiety after her mother died.

"She will have it [support], of course," Warwick said.  "That's the one thing I love about my family.  We are family.  She has the support that she actually needs."

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Sunday
Feb122012

A Timeline of Whitney Houston's Final Days

Flowers and candles are left by fans of US singer Whitney Houston on the street outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California late on Feb. 11, 2012. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) (LOS ANGELES) -- The sudden death of singing icon Whitney Houston has left family, friends and fans reeling as they piece together the singer's last days and look for clues as to what may have happened. Here is a timeline of the music legend's final days:

Thursday, Feb. 9:

Houston was a guest at Grammy nominee Kelly Price's party, "Kelly Price and Friends Unplugged: For the Love of R&B Grammy Party" at the nightclub, Tru Hollywood.

Houston was there with her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and performed a duet with Price in the early hours of Friday morning, in what would become her last performance.

At the party, Houston reportedly clashed with singer and former X Factor finalist Stacy Francis, who had credited Houston as her inspiration and had been pulled onstage to sing with her in 1999 during a concert, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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Houston and Francis were re-introduced at the party and all seemed fine until R&B star Ray J, who had dated Houston on-and-off for several years, entered the conversation.

"Whitney just got belligerent," a witness told The Hollywood Reporter. "Ray was trying to defend Stacy, telling Whitney, 'Stacy's family!', but Whitney was feeling crowded out and hands were raised."

The witness said that no punches were ultimately thrown, but that it was a tense exchange.

Photos taken later that night showed Houston disheveled, agitated and bloated as she left. She reportedly had to be escorted from the club with blood dripping down her leg and scratches on her wrist.

Friends said she was simply sweating from the performance.

"There was nothing wrong. She was singing, she was dancing, she was laughing, she was playing," Price said. "I'm going to remember her just like that because that's the Whitney I always had the pleasure of being around."

Friday, Feb. 10:

Houston reportedly spent Friday night at the bar of the Beverly Hilton hotel with a group of friends. She was at the bar for a long time, drinking and being very loud, according to TMZ.

Houston was staying at the hotel to attend music industry executive Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy bash. It is the same event where she was introduced to the record industry and the world nearly three decades ago.

WATCH: Whitney Houston talks with ABC's Diane Sawyer in a 2002 interview

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Saturday, Feb. 11:

Houston had been planning to attend friend and mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night.

At some point in the morning or early afternoon, Houston's cousin, the singer Dionne Warwick, spoke to Houston over the phone to make sure they were seated at the same table at Davis' party. At this point, there were no signs of trouble, according to TMZ.

Around 3:15 p.m., Houston spoke to her mother, Cissy Houston, and everything still seemed to be fine.

Less than 30 minute later, at 3:43 p.m., someone from Houston's entourage called hotel security when they found an unresponsive Houston in her hotel room bathtub.

Police, who were already on the scene in preparation for the event later in the evening, arrived at Houston's room two minute later.

Officials tried to resuscitate the 48-year-old singer with CPR but were unable to revive her. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. He said there were "no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death."

Los Angeles coroner's office officials left with Houston's body around 1:50 a.m. The coroner's office declined to speculate how Houston died when asked about reports that she may have drowned.

The Clive Davis party went on as planned, with Davis saying that is what Houston would have wanted. But it was a surreal scene as celebrities reacted to the death on the red carpet with the Beverly Hills crime lab van parked outside, and as paparazzi camped out waiting for Houston's body to emerge.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Sunday or Monday, according to ABC News' Los Angeles station KABC.

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