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.
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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.
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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.
Watch the sneak peek video after the break.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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TMZ.com reports that Andrew Bretbart has died at age 43, of a possible heart attack.
TMZ reports that Breitbart collapsed and died early this morning, just after midnight.
If you recall, Breitbart is the right wing blogger who broke the Shirley Sherrod video scandal in 2010.
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.
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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.
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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.
Watch the video after the break!
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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.
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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.
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