When pop icon Whitney Houston passed away tragically on Feb. 11, insiders wondered aloud what would become of Whitney's freeloading entourage. More specifically, they wondered whether Whitney's brother Gary Houston and his wife Pat would be forced to get jobs to support themselves.
That question was answered yesterday when a judge named Whitney's sister-in-law, Pat, as executor of her will. (Normally, an attorney is named as executor). That means Pat, who is only related to Whitney by name, will continue to reap the financial benefits of Whitney's fortune. And, by extension, Gary will make out quite nicely since he's married to Pat.
In the above photo, Pat is seen walking behind Whitney as she left a Beverly Hills doctor's office on Feb. 7, after picking up a prescription. As you know, Whitney died of a prescription drug overdose at age 48 a few days later.
R&B legend Dionne Warwick was a guest on ABC's 'Good Morning America' this morning. Speaking to GMA host Robin Roberts, Warwick said her cousin, the late singer Whitney Houston "basically was the little girl I never had."
Warwick, 71, said she spoke with Whitney the day she died, and that Whitney was in a good mood as she prepared to host the pre-Grammy party held annually by recording honcho Clive Davis.
"She had everything in the world to live for," said Warwick. "She had a new film, that was an absolute dream to make and do, and completed that, thank God. She was getting ready to go back into the studio to record, she was getting her vocals together.
"It's very surreal,” Warwick said. “It hasn't really sunk in yet ... I have not had an opportunity to really mourn or completely break down, which I will do, I know that."
In her last Will and Testament, Whitney left all of her "tangible property" including furniture, cars, jewelry, clothing and shoes to her "surviving children," -- Bobbi Kristina.
Oprah gives viewers a sneak preview of her sit-down interview with Whitney Houston's family; her daughter, Bobbi Kristina; her brother, Gary Houston; and her sister-in-law, Patricia Houston. The special episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" airs on Oprah's struggling OWN Network next Sunday at 9/8c.
Bobbi Kristina shares personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered.
Although Oprah's TV special gives the impression that Whitney's surviving daughter, Bobbi, is doing well, the current issue of the National Enquirer (on newsstands now) tells a different story. The March 12, 2012 cover features new photos of Bobbi Kristina smoking a big bowl of weed through a bong. It's doubtful that Oprah asked if Bobbi Kristina was going to a drug rehab anytime soon.
The late Pop icon Whitney Houston hasn't been in the ground 3 weeks and already Jermaine Jackson is trying to capitalize off of her. Jermaine was one of the members of the famous 1970s sibling singing group the Jackson 5, fronted by Michael Jackson.
Tales of the older Jackson brothers bedding their groupies were legendary back in the 1970s. But Jermaine was the biggest whore of all his brothers. In his book, You are Not Alone: Michael, Through A Brother's Eyes, released by HarperCollins last year, Jermaine mentioned Whitney and the "feelings" he had for her, but there was no mention of any romantic affair.
57-year-old Jermaine, who is seen above shopping in Malibu, CA with his third wife, Halima Rashid, has 5 children, including his sons, Jafaar, left, and Jermajesty, from his second marriage to Alejandra Jackson. Alejandra also has 2 sons by Jermaine's younger brother, Randy.
The NY Daily News reports that struggling talk show titan Oprah has landed the first interview with Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
According to the NY Daily News, the 18-year-old will share her "personal memories” of her mother and how she’d like her to be remembered. Oprah also sat down with Whitney's most trusted confidants, her brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law, Pat. The interviews took place in Atlanta, where Bobbi Kristina once shared a townhouse with her mother.
Winfrey's team also said the family addressed the “rumors and speculation” that have surfaced in the wake of Houston's death on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February.
Houston was found unresponsive in the bathroom of her suite at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 11, the night before the Grammys.
The special will air on Oprah's OWN cable network on March 11.
Oprah's crown has been tarnished by poor ratings and traitors who jumped ship from her failing network OWN. In the past, the media seized upon the term "Oprahfication", to describe Oprah's powerful influence on pop culture. But it seems that Oprah has lost her magic touch.
Oprah walked away from her syndicated talk show Oprah, in May 2011 on the advice of a terminally ill boy who told her to end her show's successful run at an even number of years: 25.
Now, the 58-year-old media Guru is trying to save her struggling OWN network by doing more of the face-to-face interviews that made her famous.
Funeral home owner Carolyn Whigham says she knows who took the photo of the late singer Whitney Houston that was displayed on the cover of the National Enquirer. But, she says, it's up to Houston's family members to reveal the name, reports The Star Ledger.
The photo showed Houston wearing a purple dress and resting in an open casket. It ran under the headline “Whitney: The Last Photo!” The issues captions declared Whitney was buried in $500,000 worth of her favorite jewels. The gossip rag sold out quickly, and some say the photo may have earned the photographer a quick $500K.
Whigham, who has known the Houston family for decades, held a press conference on Thursday in Newark, NJ, to clear her name.
"I want to clear my name and my funeral home," said Whigham, who said she had received dozens of threatening emails and was also spit on following what Slaughter called “false and unsubstantiated rumors.”
“The Whigham Funeral Home is not responsible and had no role in this shameful betrayal,” said the Rev. Jethro James, pastor of Paradise Baptist Church.
Whigham was the flamboyant figure, in gold jacket and white pants, seen directing Whitney's opulent funeral in the live video feed from New Hope Baptist Church on Feb. 18.
A Baltimore man is being held without bond on charges of beating his 5-year-old daughter to death with his bare hands.
Matthew Carr, 22, did not have custody of his daughter, Mya, but she was alone with him at his home when she died of multiple internal injuries on Monday. Police say Carr called 911 to report he found his daughter unresponsive in the bathtub.
Paramedics arrived to find Mya lying on a bathroom floor in Carr's home. Her body was covered with bruises and multiple fractures to her face, ribs, arms and legs.
Police found evidence of a clean up attempt in the bathroom. There was a strong odor of bleach present in the air, and children's clothing had been recently washed in the sink. Mya was taken to Sinai hospital, where doctors documented her horrific injuries. Doctors also noted blood near the little girl's vagina.
The Obama administration caught flack for forcing Mrs. Sherrod to resign from the USDA after Breitbart edited a video to show her as a biased racist.
Brietbart's popular website Breitbart.com, was also responsible for breaking the Anthony Weiner penis pic scandal last year. And Breitbart.com published a series of videos exposing President Obama's community organization group ACORN.
Andrew is survived by his wife and 4 children.
Breitbart's father-in-law told reporters Andrew was walking near his Brentwood home around midnight when he collapsed.
The father-in-law says someone saw Andrew collapse and called paramedics ... who raced to the scene and tried to revive him. Breitbart was transported to UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports, Breitbart suffered from heart problems last year.
A troubled 14-year-old Detroit boy broke into his step dad's bedroom, stole a 12 gauge shotgun and used it to fire 10 shots into his mother as she slept on a couch in the living room of her home.
Police say Joshua Smith killed his mother, Tamiko Robinson, 36, in a hail of gunfire just after midnight on Monday. Grieving family members have custody of Robinson's surviving 5-year-old daughter -- Joshua's little sister -- who witnessed the crime.
According to FOX Detroit News, Robinson's fiance was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He leapt through a plate glass window to avoid being shot.
After the shooting, police caught the teenager driving around in his mother's stolen car. He is being held at a juvenile detention center without bond. A judge will determine this weekend if Joshua will be tried as an adult.
Trouble seems to follow rapper Rick Ross wherever he goes. TMZ.com reports that a man was found dead inside the gates of Ross' $1.2 million dollar Miami Gardens mansion.
Sources tell TMZ that the former corrections officer-turned-rapper left the premises before homicide detectives arrived. Police found the 40-year-old victim laying inside a gate at the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police sources tell TMZ that they don't know if the victim had any connection to Ross, but since Ross is listed as the homeowner -- and the death occurred on his property, cops want to ask Ross a few questions about the situation.
Public records show that Ross purchased the mansion in 2008. Miami Gardens is a suburb just North of Miami, Florida.
Pop icon Whitney Houston's sudden death will be ruled an accident, according E! News, who quoted a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation.
E! News reports that Houston's family always believed her death was accidental -- and not as the result of a deliberate suicide attempt.
The autopsy toxicology screen could be in the Beverly Hills Police Department's hands by next week and, depending on the status of other elements of their investigation, the case could be closed very soon afterward.
Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel in LA on Feb. 11. About a half dozen prescription bottles containing anti-anxiety medications, analgesics (pain meds), and the antibiotic Amoxicillin were found in Houston's hotel room.
She was seen by a Beverly Hills doctor who treated her for a sore throat a few days before she died.
A third victim has died as the result of a school shooting in Ohio yesterday. 17-year-old TJ Lane went on a shooting rampage in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Monday. Lane gunned down 5 students, killing Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr, 17, yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was the third victim to die Tuesday. 2 other students remain hospitalized from gunshot wounds.
Demetrius' family described him as a happy boy. "We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community," a family statement said.
The statement continued: "Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation."
The rampage occurred around 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday as the students were sitting down to breakfast in the cafeteria. The shooting ended when Chardon football coach Frank Hall chased Lane out of the school. Students and teachers are praising Hall for his bravery and quick thinking. "Coach Hall, he always talks about how much he cares about us students, his team and everyone," student Neil Thomas told CNN.
Pop icon Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11, but her legacy lives on in her classic recordings and movie roles. Whitney's latest movie -- a remake of 'Sparkle' -- is set to hit theaters in August 2012. But her fans can get a taste of her former Glory in this video clip from ET.
Starring as "Effie" in the film, Sparkle, Whitney performs a rousing rendition of the gospel classic "His Eye Is On The Sparrow". Whitney makes liars out of those who said the drugs and alcohol robbed her of her beautiful voice.
Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is back in Atlanta grieving for her mother in the townhouse the two once shared.
“She’s doing okay,” an unnamed source close to the family told People.com. “She’s still obviously got a lot to deal with, but she's doing a little better each day, and being back home in Atlanta seems to be a good thing.”
Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in a bathtub, her face partially submerged under water, police said. An autopsy revealed there was a little water in Houston's lungs. But not enough to cause her death.
Houston reportedly died from a deadly mixture of anti-anxiety drugs and alcohol in her system.
Bobbi Kristina, 18, was crushed by the sudden death of her mother. She was transported twice to a LA area hospital for treatment of anxiety and panic attacks in the hours following Houston's death.
According to the Washington Post, Alabama authorities have arrested a stepmother and a grandmother for forcing a 9-year-old girl to run for 3 hours on Friday, as punishment for eating candy bars.
The girl’s stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling them Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive. Paramedics and deputies arriving at the home knew something wasn't right.
Deputies were told that Savannah was made to run as punishment for lying to her grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, about eating her candy bars.
Without adequate water or salt intake after three hours of grueling roadwork, Savannah Hardin collapsed and suffered seizures. Savannah died Monday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, of a cardiac arrest.
The sheriff’s press release said an autopsy report showed Savannah was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium (salt) level. A state pathologist ruled it a homicide.
Someone within Whitney Houston's camp sold her out to the National Enquirer. The national gossip rag displays a photo of the pop icon lying in an open coffin wearing a purple dress on the cover of this week's issue. The photo is believed to have been taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her family attended a private wake last Friday.
No word on how much the magazine paid the insider for the photo.
See the photo after the break. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!
And Drudge Report, the most trafficked news aggregate website in the world, also reported the story.
According to The Daily Beast, Bobbi's family, including Houston's mother, Gospel great Cissy Houston, were "in full panic mode" when they lost sight of the 18-year-old for a few hours as Houston’s body was set to be transported to the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., for burial Sunday morning.
“Everyone was freaking out and calling Bobbi Kristina’s cell,” said one source, a longtime family friend. “It was so much commotion and activity after the funeral that Bobbi Kristina just slipped away. Ms. Cissy [Houston, Whitney’s mother] was beside herself.”
Allegedly, Bobbi slipped away to do drugs in her hotel room while the family and friends of the 48-year-old pop icon convened at a local eatery in Newark, N.J., to remember Whitney.
Rihanna, who is reportedly dating her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown again, was spotted arriving in London, England today. A source close to Rihanna's camp told Sandrarose.com exclusively that Rihanna couldn't resist running back to Chris's arms because "he's back hot."
Brown, 22, is featured on the remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" interlude off her latest album, Talk That Talk. The much-anticipated single drops next week. Meanwhile, Brown's current girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, is said to be 'distraught' over the fact that Brown has been two-timing her with his old flame. A Hollywood source who knows Karrueche all too well says she's a bisexual who is into threesomes. But that's for another post.
Whitney Houston's pal Ray J, with sister Brandy by his side, boarded a flight to New Jersey today to attend Whitney Houston's funeral. Ray J, who was reportedly dating Whitney Houston at the time of her death, looks despondent as he's surrounded by family at LAX. Photo by: Sharky / Splash News
Thanks to loyal reader Kimberley H for the link to these never-before-seen photos of a young Whitney Houston in her lesbian stage, before the makeover, and before the record label introduced her to Bobby Brown in the hopes of changing her sexuality.
R&B Diva Monica Brown was the special musical guest on Jay Leno last night. Monica performed her current single, "It All Belongs To Me," featuring Brandy Norwood. The ladies dedicated their performance to Whitney Houston, who passed away on Feb. 11 -- Brandy's 32nd birthday. Brandy's voice is no longer the powerful, emotive instrument that it once was. Her 3rd studio album, Full Moon (released in 2002), is one of my all-time favorite CDs. It was the last shining moment for Brandy in a recording studio. But Brandy has so many other accomplishments to fall back on. Such as the fact that she is a better actress than she is a singer.
Watch their stirring performance on Jay Leno last night.
According to msnbc.com, police and Crime Stoppers in Washington state used their own personal funds to purchase the burial plots on either side of the two sons of Josh Powell to prevent his family from burying him next to them.
"The bottom line is, Josh Powell will not be near those two boys," Pierce County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Troyer said in an interview with a Seattle-area radio program called the Ron and Don Show.
"It's disgusting that a murder suspect would be buried next to his victims," Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a statement posted on Twitter.
On Feb. 5, Powell used a hatchet to hack his sons, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, to death before setting his rental house on fire, killing himself. A social worker had arrived moments earlier with the children for a court-ordered visit. But the children ran ahead of her into the house, and Powell slammed the door shut behind them.
"He's a narcissist and he has no love for anyone but himself," said Kirk Graves, whose wife is Josh Powell's sister.
The west coast premiere of Lionsgates' 'Good Deeds' was held yesterday in Los Angeles. Gabrielle Union, who stars in the film, responded to the criticism directed toward Davis for throwing a party in the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the 4th floor.
The Insider's Kevin Frazier asked Union about her decision to walk the red carpet.
"I think if you weren't there, I could understand [being upset]," said Union. "We made a judgment call after [Diddy] and Clive talked to the family and they said, 'Please go,' basically to provide a more balanced view of Whitney's life."
Self-centered celebrities have a peculiar habit of making poor judgment calls.
Gabrielle added that Whitney's family and friends were becoming frustrated by the focus being placed on the late singer's struggles with addiction.
Tyler Perry, who wrote, directed and stars in Good Deeds, reportedly lent one of his planes to transport Whitney's body from Los Angeles to New Jersey. On the red carpet, Tyler neglected to take credit for the act of kindness, changing the subject when pressed.
"This movie is more about just living your own life and choosing your own path ... and just being the best person that you can be," said Tyler. "So that's what I'm hoping that people will take away from it."
Good Deeds opens February 24. Source
“When a person disappears without a trace, often the most critical information is hidden in their actions and words in the days before they vanished,” says the narrator of ID Channel’s TV series ‘Disappeared‘.
According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Stacey Nicole English, who was reported missing in December, died of hypothermia. Her death has been ruled accidental.
Hypothermia is a clinical term that means prolonged exposure to external cold temperatures, which causes internal body temperatures to drop dangerously below normal.
"Based on a combination of information sources including the autopsy, the sequence of events and circumstances, toxicology results, medical and mental health records, and statements of witnesses and acquaintances, the most likely cause of Stacey English’s death is cold exposure complicating underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders," the statement reads.
The Atlanta Journal reports that "English's badly decomposed body was found, nestled in a hole created by an uprooted tree, on Jan. 23 by two men searching for scrap metal." Her body was found less than a mile from where English's Volvo was left abandoned in a business park near Lakewood Amphitheater. The Volvo's engine was still running when police found it.
According to Radar Online, "Bobby Brown is expected to be in the pews Saturday at an invitation-only memorial service at Newark, New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church for his ex-wife Whitney Houston, despite the bad blood brewing between he and the singer's family."
When reading the various gossip blogs, it is important to have a good dose of common sense so you don't believe everything you read.
For example, there was a rumor that Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, banned Bobby from seeing his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in California. I guess it didn't matter that Cissy Houston was in New Jersey, not California.
That rumor was floated hours after Bobby himself released a statement to ABC News asking for privacy for his daughter, whom he said was "doing much better." So obviously they have been in contact.
It is a well-known fact in the music industry that pop icon Whitney Houston was involved in a long term lesbian relationship with her personal assistant, Robyn Crawford, before she met Bobby Brown. It was whispered that Whitney and Bobby's relationship was initially arranged by her record label to dispel the persistent lesbian rumors.
In addition to introducing her to Bobby, Houston's tomboyish image was also revamped, and she was asked to wear wigs, in an effort to soften her image and make her appear more feminine.
According to the Daily Mail, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen.
"It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life," he told the Daily Star.
It's a well-known fact that Whitney's lover, Robyn, and Bobby often clashed over Whitney's increasing drug use. Friends say Whitney was into drugs before she met Bobby, but once they got together, her drug use escalated out of control.
TMZ.com is reporting that Whitney Houston's family asked the city of New Jersey to cancel plans for a public memorial at a 18,000 seat arena. The family plans to hold a private viewing and invite-only funeral for family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 18, at New Hope Baptist Church.
A rep for the Mayor's office tells TMZ, "The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday" -- despite several reports claiming there was going to be a massive public ceremony ... in addition to previously-scheduled private funeral arrangements.
The rep claims the family specifically asked the city NOT to plan a memorial event -- adding, "In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony."
Janet Jackson was Anderson Cooper's special guest this week on his daytime talk show, Anderson. The superstar discussed her feelings about the sudden death of Whitney Houston, and offered advice to Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Anderson: What advice do you have for her family for her kid. For her child? Janet: It's a very very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss. I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There's still a difference, even though there's a still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, it's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God and it sounds so mean but you have to move on you can't hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.
Anderson: TV People always use that word closure when they are talking about loss, as someone who has lost family members as well, I don't think there is such a thing as closure. I think that's a made up TV word.
Janet: No, I don't think there is either, but you have to go on with life. You figure out a way to move on. It's always right here. There's never a day, not one day has gone by where I don't think about my brother and my other brothers and sisters say the same thing.
Watch video clips of the interview after the break. Tune in to Anderson on Monday, Feb 20, for the full interview.
Someone had to be the voice of reason in a town where "no" is a foreign language. That voice of reason was R&B legend Chaka Khan, who slammed Clive Davis for not canceling his annual pre-Grammy party, which was held in the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the 4th floor.
Chaka made her statements on Piers Morgan's show on CNN last night. She said: "Knowing Whitney, I don't believe that she would have said 'the show must go on.'" Chaka added: "She's the kind of woman that would have said, 'uh huh! Stop everything! I'm not gonna be there."
Chaka told Piers,
"I thought that was complete insanity. I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on." Source
In the 2nd video, after the break, Chaka alluded to the "riff raff" and "dangerous people" (Ray J) who dragged Whitney to parties in the week before the party. "I wouldn't have done that," said Chaka.
Preliminary blood test results revealed the presence of benzodiazepines in singer Whitney Houston's system after she died, according to Radar Online. The benzodiazepines found in Whitney's system -- Xanax, Ativan, and Valium -- are sedatives prescribed for high anxiety and stress disorders associated with depression. Some benzodiazepines are highly addictive.
Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her luxury suite at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 6:55 p.m. EST.
A law enforcement insider told RadarOnline.com: "The final toxicology results will reveal the specific sedative(s) that she ingested, and the level. Those final toxicology results should be in later this week."
The law enforcement source also corrected a fallacy that is commonly quoted to the media by coroners -- that toxicology test results take 4-6 weeks to come back.
"Toxicology testing and results don't take 4-6 weeks to come back. Look at how quickly toxicology screening tests are done in hospital emergency rooms when someone comes in with an overdose. The Coroner and the Beverly Hills Police Department have placed a security hold on the case, so it will be a few weeks before the results are revealed publicly."