March 12, 2012 at 4:52 am Comment (1)
The investigation into the sudden and untimely death of Whitney Houston is nearing its end, as investigators complete the logistical part of their inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her passing.
According to CNN, investigators have contacted all physicians and pharmacies associated with the late singer, and so far, they have uncovered nothing criminal in nature.
Authorities said, however, that the review of additional medical information that will be used in the final ruling on the cause of Ms. Houston’s death is still going on. The estimated completion date of the toxicology tests, on the other hand, is “on or around March 23rd.”
In addition to physicians and pharmacies, investigators also got in touch with Whitney Houston’s relatives. They are said to be trying to speak with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, as well, although it was unsure as to whether the 18-year-old will consent to an interview. She had been questioned briefly by Beverly Hills police on the day of her mother’s death, but she was understandably too upset at the time to offer any helpful information.
Houston passed away on February 11, in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. During that time the Los Angeles Coroner’s office said that her body had no visible signs of trauma, and that they were not suspecting foul play. They also downplayed speculation that the singer had overdosed, with Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter saying that “not many prescription bottles” were found in her hotel room.
February 18, 2012 at 5:37 am Comments (0)
The death of music icon Whitney Houston placed a spotlight yet again on the dangers of substance abuse, despite the fact that the actual cause of her death is yet to be determined.
A feature on the Daily Mail quoted a source that told Star magazine that “the last three months of Whitney’s life were truly tragic.”
There were eyewitness accounts of the singer partying, drinking, and behaving erratically. Another source was quoted with the following statement to RadarOnline: “Bobbi Kristina, Clive Davis, and members of Whitney’s closest advisers were urging her to go back to rehab because people close to her saw her downward spiral into drugs and alcohol. It was extremely hard for Clive in particular to see Whitney under the influence again. He was absolutely powerless to stop her. Clive and Whitney had a very close relationship, but her addiction to drugs and alcohol did a lot of damage to that.”
RadarOnline also claimed that Clive Davis had offered to pay for rehab, but that the late singer refused.
A funeral service in Whitney Houston’s memory will be held at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
February 16, 2012 at 4:59 am Comments (0)
The investigation into the tragic and shocking death of music icon Whitney Houston will most likely include the doctors who prescribed her medications. The investigation will also look into whether she as being dispensed with “unusually large amounts of drugs.”
Sources from law enforcement revealed to the LA Times that several bottles of medications were collected from the late singer’s suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
It was made clear, however, that the amount of drugs found in Ms. Houston’s hotel room could not be described as “unusually large,” so the question as to whether these drugs may have played a role in her death will remain unanswered, at least for now.
Results of the toxicology tests performed on Ms. Houston’s remains will not be available for weeks. It will show what medications or substances the late singer took, and when she took them.
The investigation will include a comparison between the amounts of prescription drugs retrieved from Ms. Houston’s hotel room, the amount of medication that was dispensed, when it was filled, who filled it, and which doctor or doctors prescribed them. These will then be compared against the prescription history of one or more doctors who treated the late singer.
Ellyn Garofalo, a defense attorney who won an acquittal for a doctor charged with overprescribing drugs to Anna Nicole Smith, shared that “a single doctor prescribing really enormous amounts of medication” will trigger a red flag.
Investigators are also expected to talk to Ms. Houston’s medical team regarding any underlying health conditions that she might have had.
February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm Comment (1)
Whitney Houston is dead. She was 48.
Her self-titled debut album, released in 1985, sold 25 million copies worldwide. In her career, she released a total of 7 albums and 3 film soundtracks. She sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide. Her success went beyond music and she invaded the movies and starred in blockbuster hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
She won 6 Grammys, 30 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards and 2 Emmy Awards. At her peak, the queen of pop music seemed unstoppable, until her career was ravaged by drug abuse and turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills. Her drug use affected not only her health and her behavior, but also her once pristine voice that has become raspy and hoarse. She was then unable to reach the high notes she once hit with perfect poise.
Her publicist, Kristin Foster, broke the news of Houston’s death, but no cause of death has yet been revealed.