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Whitney Houston's Daughter Dating 'Adopted Brother'

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is in a relationship with a boy whom the late singer looked after.

E! News reports Bobbi Kristina is dating Nick Gordon, her so-called "adopted brother" whom she met when they were younger.  She expressed concerns about Gordon to her mother when he made plans to join the Army due to family problems he was experiencing.  As a result, Houston took him into her home.

Apparently, the relationship has made some people feel uncomfortable, given how close Gordon is to the Houston family.

Gordon took to Twitter to defend.  Referring to Houston, he wrote, "For the stupid ppl out there she gave birth to 1 child. And she trusted me with EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

He also wrote, "She called me her me 'God Son' I swear some ppl in this world act like they don't have a brain..."

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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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Oprah's Interview with Whitney's Family Draws Record Ratings for OWN

Harpo, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey's interview with Whitney Houston's daughter and other family members earned her cable network its highest-ever ratings.

Sunday's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, featuring the first interview with 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown since the death of her mother last month, was seen by 3.5 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It was a much bigger audience than Winfrey's network, OWN, typically draws.  Its most-watched telecast before Sunday was a January episode of Oprah's Next Chapter with pastor Joel Osteen that attracted 1.6 million viewers.  OWN launched in early 2011.

In addition to Bobbi Kristina, Winfrey spoke with Whitney Houston's manager and sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, and the singer's brother, Gary Houston.

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Bobbi Kristina on Whitney Houston: 'I Can Always Feel Her With Me'

Harpo, Inc.(ATLANTA) -- Whitney Houston's family laughed, cried and remembered the iconic singer during Oprah Winfrey's OWN special Sunday night.

"I'm doing as good as I possibly can," Houston's only daughter, Bobbi Kristina, told Winfrey.  "Just trying to keep going."

Winfrey descended on the Atlanta home of Houston's sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, to talk with her and Bobbi Kristina.

Poised beyond her 19 years, Bobbi Kristina talked about how her mother continues to have a presence in her life.

"I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me telling me, 'Keep moving, baby.'  I can always feel her with me," she said.  "She humbles me.  I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me...She was a sister, a comforter.  The spirit that she had -- no matter where she was ... she touched everyone."

Winfrey asked Bobbi Kristina if she's had a visitation from her mother.

"Oh yes, lights turn on.  Her spirit is strong," Bobbi Kristina said.

Though she's mourning, Bobbi Kristina said she's "accepted" that her mother is gone, saying, "I've got to keep moving.  I've got to carry on her legacy."

Bobbi Kristina revealed fairly extensive plans to follow in her parent's footsteps.

"We are going to do the singing thing, the acting thing, the dancing thing.  It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it," she said.

Along with Bobbi Kristina, Winfrey interviewed Houston's sister-in-law and manager Patricia.  It was the family's first sit-down interview since Houston's sudden death on Feb. 11.

Patricia Houston gave the first account about what went on in the singer's room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the day she died.

After running around completing errands on Feb. 11, Patricia returned to the hotel and visited a room where Whitney was set to film an infomercial.  A few minutes later she went to Whitney's room.

"I heard screaming," Patricia told Winfrey and recounted that she saw Whitney's hair stylist "fall to her knees, saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God.'"  When Patricia saw a woman open her door to see what was going on she immediately told her to call 911.

A tearful Patricia then told Winfrey that as she entered Whitney's room she saw her brother Ray, the singer's security guard, trying to revive Whitney "to the point of exhaustion.  I told him let it go, I'm sorry."

She added that when she finally saw Whitney "she had a peacefulness on her face."

Patricia described her sense of shock and inability to leave Whitney's side even after the paramedics asked her to.

"She's always telling me, 'I got you,'" she told Winfrey.  "I still have to stand, even with her being gone, I still have to stand for her."

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Whitney Houston’s Daughter Reportedly Wants to Change Her Name

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, wants to change her name because of its association with her father, Bobby Brown, to make it Kristina Houston, TMZ reports.

The 19-year-old, Houston and Brown’s only child together, has wanted to change her name since her parents split, but her mother would not allow her to, according to TMZ.

Houston and Brown divorced in 2006 after a tumultuous 14-year marriage.

Houston’s will, which was released last week, left nothing to her ex-husband.  Her entire estate went to any surviving children, thus to her daughter.

The 19-year-old has been the family’s main focus in the weeks since Houston’s death.  She was admitted to the hospital twice for stress and anxiety.

“Obviously, the death of her mother is affecting her, however, we will get through this tragedy as a family,” Brown said in a statement to Extra in February.

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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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Whitney Houston Leaves Everything to Her Daughter, Bobbi Kristina

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Whitney Houston has left her entire estate to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, a source familiar with the documents told ABC News.

However, the 19-year-old will have to wait until she’s 30 to inherit everything.

Houston’s will, which was filed in Atlanta, calls for a trust administered by Houston’s family, the source said. The trust will dole out money to Bobbi Kristina at ages 21, 25 and 30, with other grants at the discretion of the administrators of the trust, according to TV's Inside Edition.

Houston was found dead in a bath at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on  Feb. 11 at age 48. She had been planning to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party at the hotel thrown that evening by her mentor, the music mogul Clive Davis.

Bobbi Kristina, Houston’s daughter with the singer Bobby Brown, took the death particularly hard and was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after her mother died.

She recently gave her first interview since Houston’s death to the former queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, whose OWN network plans to air it Sunday at 9 p.m. on Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Bobbi Kristina will share “personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered,” according to a news release.

Winfrey also interviewed other members of Houston’s family, including her brother, Gary, and his wife, Patricia, the singer’s manager.

“The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death,” the news release said.

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Oprah Comforts Bobbi Kristina in Upcoming Interview

Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two days after it was announced that the former queen of daytime talk Oprah Winfrey had nabbed Bobbi Kristina’s first interview since the death of her mother Whitney Houston, Winfrey’s network released a trailer for the upcoming interview showing Winfrey comforting the 18-year-old girl.

“The world lost an icon, they lost a mother and a sister,” Winfrey says in the trailer, while a picture of Houston with her sister-in-law Patricia Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina is shown.

Winfrey’s interview with Houston’s family, including her brother Gary and his wife Patricia, the singer’s manager, will air on Oprah’s Next Chapter at 9 p.m. Sunday on OWN. It’s the family’s first sit-down interview since the singer’s sudden death Feb. 11.

In the trailer, Winfrey refers to Bobbi Kristina as “the love of Whitney’s life, her only child.”

According to a network press release, Houston’s daughter will share “personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered.”

“The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death,” the press release said.

According to TMZ, Bobbi Kristina told friends that she agreed to sit down with Winfrey because she “was loyal to my mom, and never did my mother wrong, or made her look bad. She always looked out for my mom.”

Before the interview, OWN will re-air its special, “Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview,” which features the singer’s 2009 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Winfrey’s personal memories of Houston.

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Why Did Whitney Houston's Daughter Choose Oprah for Interview?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nineteen-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston's only child with ex-husband Bobby Brown, has reportedly revealed why she saved her first sit-down interview since her mother's death for Oprah Winfrey.

TMZ reports Bobbi Kristina has said Oprah "was loyal to my mom, and never did my mother wrong, or made her look bad.  She always looked out for my mom."

The gossip site speculates that for this reason, the teen may feel Winfrey may avoid any controversy during the sit-down, steering clear of Bobbi Kristina's rumored drug use.  It's not known if she's getting paid for the interview, which will air on OWN this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Winfrey will also chat with Houston's sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, and the late singer's brother, Gary Houston, during the installment of Oprah's Next Chapter.

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Report: Whitney Houston's Death Expected to Be Ruled an Accident

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's death is expected to be ruled an accident.

According to E! News, a source says investigators have not uncovered anything "suspicious" in connection with her death.  The source also says Whitney "had no marks on her body whatsoever to indicate a struggle, and she was the furthest thing from trying to kill herself."

E! News reports the results of the toxicology tests could come in by next week, and the case could be wrapped up shortly thereafter.

Currently, the cause of death on Houston's death certificate is listed as "deferred."  The 48-year-old singer was found in a bathtub in her Beverly Hilton hotel room on Feb. 11.

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