Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law scares family with Facebook post
Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and manager sparked a family suicide scare in Georgia on Tuesday when she posted what appeared to be a desperate message on her Facebook.com page, turned off her cellphone and went to sleep.
TMZ.com reports Pat Houston’s friends and family grew concerned when they couldn’t reach her after reading what they feared was her final post – and called the police.
Houston, who is married to the late singer’s brother Gary, wrote: “Sometimes you just feel like giving up on life and its many challenges. And for the first time in my life… I’m tired… and I want to finally rest. I love you guys.”
Houston awoke as cops arrived at her Alpharetta home and told them she had simply taken medication for back pain, switched off her phone and then gone to sleep. And she insisted stress was behind her Facebook post, not a death wish.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ.com that Houston was briefly hospitalized, as a preventative measure, before being released.
Bobby Brown is headed to jail. The New Edition singer was sentenced Tuesday to four years of informal probation, an 18 month alcohol treatment program and 55 days in jail in connection with his October 2012 arrest for DUI and driving on a suspended license. At the time of the arrest, Brown was on probation for a May 2012 DUI arrest.
He pleaded no contest to the second DUI charge in court on Tuesday. Brown is required to report to jail by March 20. The 44-year-old has not commented. No other details were available.
Brown is the ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston. The pair has a daughter together, 20-year-old Bobby Kristina. Brown wed his longtime manager Alicia Etheridge last June after a 2 year engagement. The couple has a 3-year-old son named Cassius.
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!”
One of the Mac Wire’s favorite author’s MARK BEGO did an in-store last week at San Francisco’s Alexander Book Company store, for his two current releases, WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF THE WOMAN WHOSE VOICE INSPIRED A GENERATION (Skyhorse Publishing) and ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Skyhorse Publishing) .
(Seen L-R: Brian Summers, B.S. Productions; Bego; and, Bernard Henderson, Alexander Book Company).
“Thanks to the premiere of the film ‘Sparkle,’ Whitney Houston’s millions of worldwide fans will get their chance to finally say ‘goodbye’ to the tragic diva who captured our hearts in the 1980’s, and who first dazzled us on the big screen in the 1990’s. When Houston was a young girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey, she saw the original film version of ‘Sparkle,’ with Irene Cara in the starring role and her interest was indeed sparked!
In her final film role, as the character Sparkle’s world-weary mother, finally Whitney Houston has come full circle. It is a fond and fitting farewell to a true singing legend. Her dynamic acting with Jordin Sparks is totally compelling onscreen.
It makes you wonder just what Whitney was capable of in the future. It is a fitting send off.”
Whitney Houston died as a result of accidental drowning, in addition to the affects of heart disease and cocaine use, a coroner has ruled.
The soul superstar’s body was found underwater in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on11 February (12), hours before she was scheduled to attend mentor and friend Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party.
A number of prescription pills were found in Houston’s room but an autopsy conducted the day after her passing proved inconclusive.
Houston’s cause of death was deferred pending toxicology results, and the Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter subsequently requested all medical records from the singer’s doctors to determine what drugs she was taking at the time of her death.The findings of the autopsy report were released on Thursday (Mar 22) and stated that Houston’s death was accidental, although she also suffered from the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.
Traces of prescription drugs and marijuana were also found in her system, but are not thought to have contributed to her demise.
The report adds, “No trauma or foul play is suspected.” Houston, 48, had a long history of drug addiction and twice checked into rehab to control her substance abuse.
The L.A. County Coroner’s full results are not expected to be released until a later date.
A highly anticipated interview between Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was aired in the States yesterday (Sunday, March 11, 2012). Bobbi allegedly told friends that she had agreed to the interview with the famed talk show host, as she had always been supportive of her mother, so she trusted her to conduct a fair interview.
A clip hosted on Tmz show’s Oprah comforting the teenager, as she hears some of her mother’s music. “Does that comfort you?” Oprah asks her, to which she responds “I can sing her music, but to hear it, right now. I can’t. I can hear her voice, you know and spirit talking to me and telling me, you know, ‘keeping moving, baby.” She adds “she’s always with me. I can always feel her with me.” Bobbi Kristina tells Oprah that when she’s at home, she feels her mother’s presence the most. Telling her that lights go on and off in the house and she feels that it’s her mother’s doing.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is planning an all-Whitney Houston episode to pay tribute to the late star, according to U.S. reports.
The producer/director paid homage to the tragic superstar with a note at the end of the Glee episode which aired the week after the singer’s 11 February death – and featured Amber Riley’s pitch perfect rendition of Houston’s I Will Always Love You signature tune.
And now he’s planning to showcase eight of the soul star’s hits in an episode that will revolve around Houston’s music, according to Eonline.com.
A source tells the website the show will use the music “as a way to say goodbye, a way to respectfully say thank you for her music.”
And Glee star Lea Michele appears to have confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday. She wrote, “Starting a new episode today. A very special tribute to one of the world’s most amazing singers. Very excited about this one.”
Whitney Houston left her entire estate to her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. In her last will and testament drafted in 1993, Houston states that Bobbi Kristina should receive all of her money and personal effects, including clothing, jewelry, cars and properties. Houston left nothing to her ex-husband Bobby Brown.
All money will be placed in a trust, which will release a portion of the funds to Bobbi Kristina when she turns 21 and another portion when she turns 25. She can access the balance after her 30th birthday. An amendment to the will in 2004 names Houston’s sister in law Patricia as the executor of the estate. The will was filed in Atlanta on March 7.
Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has not determined the official cause of death, but it is widely believed Houston died from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. She was 48.
Whitney Houston’s death could not have happened without a coterie of enablers who catered to her every whim, even when she was self-destructive, charges Mark Bego, a writer and author who chronicled her career beginning in the 1970s.
In an exclusive interview with TheImproper, Bego drew parallels between Houston’s death and the demise of Elvis Presley and blues singer Billie Holiday.Behind the death for all three were “enablers” who lived off of and profited from their downfall.
“Certainly there is a strong parallel between Elvis and Whitney in that the met their demise with prescription drugs involved,” said Bego. “The fact is that they were both surrounded by an entourage of enablers and doctors who would give them whatever they wanted to ingest.”
Bego was working on a new book based on Houston’s disastrous 2010 comeback tour, when the 48-year-old singer died suddenly Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Although the cause of death has yet to be established, drugs and alcohol are suspected to be factors.
The book is titled “Whitney Houston! – The Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall of The Woman Whose Voice Inspired A Generation (Skyhorse).”
“I draw a strong parallel between Billie Holiday and Whitney,” said Bego. “They both had voices and images that defined their lives, and they both became addicted to their drug use and died in their 40s.”