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Monday
Apr092012

Bobbi Kristina Wants to Play Whitney Houston in a Movie?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Should a Whitney Houston biopic ever come to pass, her daughter would like to be involved.

Sources tell TMZ.com that Bobbi Kristina wants to portray her mother in a movie in part because, she believes, no one knew the late singer better than she did.

Bobbi Kristina was recently cast in a recurring role for Tyler Perry's TBS sitcom For Better or for Worse.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Whitney Houston Found Face Down in Bathtub with White Powder, Bloody Nose

LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's final hours involved "white powder," "a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it," and a "rolled up piece of white paper," according to the final Los Angeles County coroner's report on the singer's Feb. 11 death, released Wednesday.

She was found face down in a water-filled bathtub with a "bloody purge coming from her nose." Remnants of a "white powdery substance" were on multiple surfaces in the bathroom of her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel along with the spoon and rolled up paper.

Officials previously determined that Houston died from accidentally drowning in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room. They also said heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death. Information from Wednesday's 42-page report has painted a clearer picture of what happened during Houston's last moments and immediately after she died:

Between 2:45 and 3:00 p.m.: Houston complained of having a sore throat that had been lingering for a "few days." Her assistant told her to take a bath and start getting ready for Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party, then left. Her assistant then went to Neiman Marcus.

3:35 p.m.: The assistant returned to Houston's hotel room and found the singer lying face down in the water-filled bathtub, unresponsive. Water was on the bathroom floor as well, but the faucet was not running. The water was 93.5 degrees (determined "extremely hot" by the autopsy report).

The assistant called for Houston's bodyguard; together, they pulled Houston out of the bathtub and tried to administer CPR. The assistant asked the hotel's front desk to dial 911.

3:43 p.m.: 911 was called; paramedics arrived shortly after. When they arrived, Houston was lying on the living room floor.

3:55 p.m.: Paramedics determined Houston had died from a possible overdose of drugs, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and alcohol.

[[READ FULL CORONER'S REPORT HERE (PDF)]]

What was in the room: The detective assigned to the case said that prior to his arrival in the room at 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 11, the "majority of [Houston's] prescription medication bottles had been removed from a brown bag that was on top of the table in the southeast corner of the living room, and then placed on top of that same table." He also noted that Houston's purse was on the couch, and her ID had been removed from the wallet.

An open bottle of champagne sat on the mini-bar. An open can of beer was on a table. Plates of food were scattered across three tables in the room. There was also a bottle of beer on a nightstand and several loose tablets.

What was in the bathroom: There was approximately 12 inches of water in the shallow end of the tub, and 13 inches of water in the deep end. A towel, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a pitcher sat in the bathtub. An ashtray filled with multiple cigarette butts sat on a counter in front of the sink. Also on the counter was the "small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper."

Remnants of a "white powdery substance" were also on the counter.

Houston's body: The report described a "bloody purge coming from [Houston's] nose" and "small scars" on her breasts "associated with breast implants." Officials determined that Houston had a hole in her nasal septum before she died.

Houston's forehead, hands, and arms had "superficial abrasions" but showed no signs of foul play. The autopsy report stated that Houston weighed 151 pounds, was "muscular and fairly well nourished" and described a wig tightly affixed to her head.

Drugs in the room: The report lists a number of prescription drugs found in the room, including Xanax, Dexamethasone, antibiotics, and Ibuprofen.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Rihanna Open to Playing Whitney Houston in Biopic

Jacopo Raule/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Last month, a rep for Clive Davis denied to ABC News Radio that the record executive is developing a film based on Whitney Houston’s life. Nevertheless, if such a project ever does see the light of day, Rihanna is volunteering for the lead role.

Britain’s The Telegraph quoted the singer as saying she hasn’t been contacted by anyone about a possible Whitney biopic, but, she added, she would “love” to star in one. She said, “That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do because I would want to really pull it off. That’s a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job.”

Rihanna cited Houston as one of her musical idols, saying, “My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song — ‘I Will Always Love You.' All of her music actually was always played in my house, with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.”

Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson had been linked to Clive Davis’ supposed Whitney film.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

"Sparkle" Trailer Debuts on "Today Show"

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- One of the most anticipated films this summer features Whitney Houston's last onscreen performance.

Sparkle, starring the late music icon alongside Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green, is due in theaters on Aug. 17, but fans caught a glimpse of Houston's performance in a new trailer, released on NBC's Today Show Monday morning.  The full trailer premiered later on Monday.

A remake of the 1976 classic, Sparkle centers around an all-girl singing group that struggles with family, fame and drug addiction. Houston plays the mother of the three girls.

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Monday
Apr022012

Dolly Parton ‘Shattered’ When Whitney Houston Funeral Included "I Will Always Love You"

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Country music legend Dolly Parton said she was “shattered” when she heard Whitney Houston's version of her song, “I Will Always Love You,” played at her funeral, but felt the song has “connected” them.

“[It] just shattered me to hear that song played under those conditions,” Parton in an interview Monday with Nightline. “I thought my heart was gonna stop. It just pierced me like a knife. It’s just -- I can’t explain that feeling, to think that that was so final for her, and that that was my words and my feeling -- I would forever be so connected to her.”

“I Will Always Love You,” which Parton originally wrote in 1972, has long been a chart-topping hit.

It became a No. 1 hit on the country music charts after its release in 1974.  Decades later, actor Kevin Costner brought it to composer David Foster, who rearranged the song as a pop music ballad for Houston, who recorded it for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. The film was a blockbuster, and the song enjoyed 14 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. It became the anthem of Houston’s career.

Parton said she didn’t know how Foster had rearranged her song until she heard it on the radio months later while driving in her car.

“All of a sudden I hear this -- this a capella sound, I just hear this, ‘If I should stay,’ and it didn’t register, and I thought, ‘What is that?’” Parton said. “And just still just kind of -- ‘That’s my song,’ but it still didn’t register it was Whitney, because it was just this solo voice, and then all of a sudden it went into the ‘I will always love you,’ and I thought I was gonna wreck. It just overwhelmed me.”

The day after Houston’s death on Feb. 11, “I Will Always Love You” was No. 1 on Billboard’s music charts and was the No. 1 downloaded song on Apple’s iTunes.  Houston’s 2000 album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, which includes the song, became the leading album, knocking Adele’s Grammy-winning 21 from the top slot.

Singer Jennifer Hudson’s stirring tribute performance at the 2012 Grammys and the TV show Glee’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” also helped the song make a resurgence.

That has reportedly meant big bucks for Parton, who still owns writer and publisher rates from sales of the song. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parton has pocketed $70,000 from sales of the “I Will Always Love You” single alone.

“I really owe a great debt to Kevin Costner and to Whitney Houston and to David Foster,” Parton said. “I really feel like that song belongs to all of us…I thought God was looking out for me, that it was meant to be, because how lucky was I that that got to be such a huge song. ”

Parton told Nightline she wrote the song in 1972 for her late duet and business partner Porter Wagoner while they were arguing about her leaving his syndicated television show to pursue a solo career.

At the time, Parton was already a successful country music star, with a couple of number-one songs. She later re-recorded “I Will Always Love You” for the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with Burt Reynolds.

“When Whitney did ‘I Will Always Love You,’ I mean look what a grand song she made out of that simple, heartfelt, you know, song … it was just amazing,” Parton said. ”Whitney is the one who took it worldwide and really made it a household word -- or song, I should say -- so I’ll always be thankful to her for that.”

Parton’s latest project is An Evening With … Dolly Live, a two-disc DVD and CD set, now available at Cracker Barrel Old Country stores.

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Saturday
Mar312012

Whitney Houston’s Mom: ‘I Did The Best I Could’

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gospel Singer Cissy Houston has been publicly silent since the death of her beloved daughter Whitney Houston on February 11. But the 78-year-old mother has finally spoken about her grief in an interview at the Hope Baptist Church where Whitney’s funeral was held.

Cissy Houston told New Jersey’s MY9′s 10 O’clock news that she’s not angry, nor does she blame anyone for her daughter’s death.  “There’s nothin’ I can do about it… ain’t nothin’ nobody can do about it, if I thought I could do something to bring her back that’s exactly what I’d do about it…but I know that’s impossible.”

The woman that inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps and start her career by singing in the church choir said that she knows she did the best she could.  “I don’t blame myself.  I know I did the best I could for everything.” Cissy Houston, who is still performing, spoke to the station during a break at rehearsal for this year’s Gospelfest.  “My children are my whole life,” Cissy said.  “She was very special to me…she was my only daughter, and a good one.”  And in the end she says she is very proud of her daughter.  “She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here…she was a very wonderful person.”  The full interview airs Monday on My9′s 10 O’Clock News.

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Friday
Mar302012

Whitney Houston Items to Be Auctioned Saturday

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that Whitney Houston’s no longer with us, how much is her stuff worth?  We’ll find out this weekend, when a collection of items worn by the late diva will be going up for sale as part of Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends” auction.

In a strange twist of fate, several of her items were set to be included in this particular auction even before she was found dead in her hotel room bathtub on Feb. 11.  “We were one week away from going to the printer [with the catalog],” Julien’s Auctions Executive Director Martin Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “And of course,  as soon as she passed away, people called us to say they had [more] Whitney Houston items.”

The question is whether or not the price of Houston’s possessions will now go through the roof following her death, as did the possessions of Michael Jackson. “This will be, in fact, the first auction of items owned by Whitney Houston that will go on the auction block since she passed away.  So the world media -- in fact, everyone -- is curious to know just how collectible she has become,” said Nolan.

All in all, Nolan said there are about a dozen of Houston’s items going on the block March 31, adding, “Some from her personal life and some from stage performances, and some from her acting career from the movie The Bodyguard, which she’s obviously very famous for.”  Among the items: a vest and two sets of earrings that she wore in The Bodyguard, several stage costumes, including a black lace pantsuit, a gold satin jacket and a beaded bustier; and a grey velvet gown that she wore to Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party in 1996.

And in case you’re thinking that the auction house must’ve jacked up the prices on the Houston items after her death, they didn’t.  “We did have that conversation and we decided that, no, we would leave the estimates as is and they’re conservative,” Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “So all the auction companies will be looking at this auction to see how collectible she has become and where is the benchmark.”  The items range from about $500 to $2,000 dollars.

As for those who feel this auction is in poor taste, or is taking place too soon, Nolan said that he realizes that “there’s always this certain element of people that feel that yes, maybe it’s a little insensitive.”  However, he feels that the auction house is actually “preserving the history” of Houston by documenting her possessions and telling their story.  “We’re protecting her legacy and that’s what we have,” said Nolan. “You know, she’s no longer with us, but we want to keep that memory alive.”

Those who want to watch the auction live, or even bid, can access the sale at JuliensAuctions.com.  The first session takes place 10 a.m. PT on Saturday.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Report: Bobby Brown DUI Arrest Left Whitney's Mom 'Vindicated'

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Bobby Brown's DUI arrest this week may have been bad news for him, but Whitney Houston's mother was apparently "vindicated" by his recent run-in with the law, according to TMZ.

Sources close to Cissy Houston tell the gossip site she always felt Brown "was a cancer" that "infected Whitney's life with negative influences." What's more, the arrest proved her right in trying to keep Brown away from Bobbi Kristina, the daughter he had with the late singer.  As one source said of Brown to TMZ, "This is the last person she needs to be around."

For his part, Brown's attorney, Tiffany Feder, issued a statement early Wednesday that declares, "Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Mr. Brown was not driving erratically.  He was speaking on his cell phone.  Mr. Brown has not been convicted of anything associated with this incident.  Mr. Brown is taking this matter seriously and an investigation is underway.  The legal process shall run its course."

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Thursday
Mar222012

Coroner: Whitney Houston Died from Accidental Drowning  

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The cause of Whitney Houston's has been revealed.  The L.A. coroner's office confirms to ABC News that the superstar singer died last month of accidental drowning.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles cororner's office, told ABC News that the singer's cause of death was drowning aggravated by a pre-existing heart condition called atherosclerotic heart disease.

Cocaine was also found in Houston's system, but the coroner's office refused to comment on how much of the drug was found during the toxicology testing. But in the official report under the category "HOW INJURY OCCURRED" it is noted that the singer was "found submerged in bathtub filled with water; cocaine intake."

The report stated that along with cocaine, metabolites were identified in Houston's system and were contributory to her death. Marijuana, Xanax, flexeril (muscle relaxant) and diphenhydramine (benadryl) were also found, but were not found to have contributed to her death.

No trauma or foul play is suspected. It is anticipated that the final Coroner report will be available for release within two weeks.

Houston's family immediately reacted to the news. "We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," said Patricia Houston, Whitney's business manager and sister-in-law.

The singer was found underwater in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Feb. 11, and pronounced dead at the scene.  She was buried Feb. 19 in Westfield, N.J.

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Monday
Mar192012

Is Whitney Houston's Daughter Engaged to 'Adopted Brother?'

Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Whitney Houston's daughter may be even closer to her so-called "adopted brother" than initial reports suggested. According to People magazine, Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon may be engaged.

The magazine notes that 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina was seen wearing a ring on her engagement finger recently. A source says, "Yes, they are engaged, but the family is trying to coax her away from it."

Another source claims Gordon popped the question more than a week ago, but it's uncertain whether she said yes. The second source also says the ring on Bobbi Kristina's finger belonged to her mother.

Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, reportedly disapproves of the romance.

Gordon, whom Houston looked after for years, has denied the two are in a relationship.

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