I Will Always Love You

Dolly Parton Nets Fortune Whitney Houston

Parton nets fortune on Houston hit

Dolly Parton says she received a “tremendous boost” in songwriting royalties for her song I Will Always Love You following Whitney Houston’s death earlier this year.

Houston’s 1992 version of the ballad, which Parton wrote in the 1970’s, returned to the top of the charts after she passed away in February, as fans flocked to purchase her signature hit.

The country singer previously admitted she was left “shattered” by Houston’s death, and now she has revealed she netted a fortune from the international smash.

Parton tells Britain’s Daily Star Sunday, “I’ve had a tremendous boost in finances since Whitney passed on because there have been lots of new Best Of albums and different people recording the song.

“It really did boost sales. I am so thankful to God for that and to Whitney who did such a good job with it. She made the song go worldwide when it was first released. It’s a song which keeps me in wigs, hair and make-up.”

Parton, who is said to be worth an estimated $400 million, adds, “I still need to work – I have a big family to support. Nobody ever makes that much money, not the kind of money I spend anyway!”

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Coroner Requests Whitney Houston’s Drug Records

The Los Angeles coroner investigating Whitney Houston‘s death has requested all of her medical records to determine what drugs she was taking at the time of her passing.

The I Will Always Love You icon, who had a history of substance abuse, was found unconscious and underwater in a bathtub in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday.

An autopsy performed on Sunday proved inconclusive and the cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology results, although reports suggest alcohol and prescription pills could have played a part in her demise.

Now L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter has reached out to Houston’s physicians in an effort to fully examine her medical history, a move which is considered standard practice in death investigations.

He says, “We’ve already contacted a number of doctors with requests for records. If somebody even dies in a crash, a blunt force trauma, we will still take medical issues into account. Anything helps.”

Houston’s remains were flown to her native New Jersey on Monday and she will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Newark on Saturday.