Whitney Houston's mother is writing a tell-all book about the superstar.
Cissy Houston has signed a multi-million dollar deal to write with "candor, honesty and respect" about her daughter, who died as a result of accidental drowning in her bath and effects of heart disease and cocaine use in February.
"When I lost my daughter Nippy [the nickname Whitney's family gave her], the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman. In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story," Gospel singer Cissy said.
Whitney famously spiralled into drug addiction alongside her husband Bobby Brown - the father of her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina - in the 90s and Cissy will talk about the issues which this caused in her book.
Michael Jackson's daughter has said coping with his death has not gotten any easier for her.
The 14-year-old child of the late singer - who died aged 50 at his home in Los Angeles - admitted that the loss is still difficult three years on.
"It never gets any easier," she told Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview on Oprah's Next Chapter, airing Sunday on OWN, Paris will address Michael's June 2009 passing due to an overdose of the powerful anesthesia propofol. His physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug.
Paris is pursuing an acting career, starring in the upcoming fantasy movie Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.
Bobby Brown had no idea Whitney Houston was taking drugs before she died.
The 48-year-old singer died in Beverly Hills in February from accidental drowning caused by cocaine use and heart failure, and although her former husband Bobby has been widely blamed for introducing her to illegal substances, he claims he has been clean for seven years and was shocked to discover Whitney was still taking drugs.
"It's just unexplainable .. how one could, you know, (say that I) got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone. I was hurt. I was hurt ... because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, I felt that she was, you know, I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know, listen, it's a hard fight. It's a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way," he told Today's Matt Lauer.
It was claimed after Whitney's death that she and Bobby had been planning to remarry in Las Vegas. Whitney had apparently wanted to reunite with her former husband of 14 years and the pair had decided on an intimate ceremony with their daughter Bobbi Kristina as the only witness.
A saxophonist for rock band The Killers has committed suicide.
Thomas "Tommy" Marth died after shooting himself in the head earlier this week at his Las Vegas home, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner confirmed yesterday.
The 33-year-old musician played on the live tours with the "Mr. Brightside" hitmakers between 2008 and 2010 and performed on their albums Sam's Town and Day & Age. Paying tribute to their friend following his death on Monday, lead singer Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci posted a statement on The Killers' website which read, "Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth. Our prayers are with his family. There's a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy."
Dick Clark, the well-known television producer and host, has died. Clark suffered a massive heart attack after undergoing an outpatient procedure, and attempts at resuscitation failed.
Dick Clark's health has been on a steady decline since he suffered a stroke back in 2004, which led to him being forced to retire from his post as host of New Year's Rockin' Eve (which Ryan Seacrest took over two years later.)
Foul play has been ruled out in Whitney Houston's death.
The 48-year-old singer was found face down in the bathtub with a bloody nose and the remnants of cocaine nearby at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11 and the Beverly Hills Police Department cited cause of death as accidental drowning, before closing the case today, according to gossip website TMZ.
Although it has been claimed cocaine was removed from her bedroom at the hotel before the authorities arrived to the scene of her death, the BHPD have denied this occurred. According to the final coroner's report, a "small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper" were found on the counter of Whitney's hotel room, while "remnants of a white powdery substance" were found in a drawer and on the base of a portable mirror. Tests later confirmed the powder to be cocaine.
She had two superficial abrasions on the left side if her forehead, one on the bridge of her nose, and several other small abrasions on her body - although there were no signs of foul play.
Whitney Houston's mother has still not come to terms with her death.
Cissy Houston, 78, insists her daughter's tragic passing last month in the age of 48 hasn't made her question her religious faith, but she has still not fully accepted the tragedy.
"I have my moments ... I'm not there yet. I am a true believer in God. If I could bring her back I would, but that's not possible," she said.
Cissy praised her "wonderful" daughter and spoke of her pride in the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker's career achievements: "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here. She was a wonderful person. She was very special to me. She was my only daughter, and a good one."
The gospel singer believes she did her best to raise Whitney - who had struggled with drug addiction in the past - the right way and doesn't have any regrets. "I know I did the best I could. I don't blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything."
Ray J had no idea Whitney Houston was taking cocaine.
The singer is furious after his on/off girlfriend's former sister-in-law Leolah Brown suggested he was to blame for the singer's death in February, as he was in San Diego when she passed away in her hotel room in Beverly Hills. Ray J's spokesperson insisted to website TMZ that the star had "no knowledge" Whitney - whose official cause of death was accidental drowning due to the effects of heart disease and cocaine use - had started taking drugs again.
Los Angeles County Coroner released the official cause of Whitney's death yesterday, and revealed as well as cocaine, traces of marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl were found in her system, although they did not contribute to her tragic passing.
A source connected to the investigation told TMZ.com, it is "very possible" Whitney had a heart attack that caused her to lose consciousness and drown. The heart attack may have been triggered by hardening of the arteries as a result of cocaine use. The coroner also noted that neither foul play nor trauma factored into her demise. A final report is expected to be ready for release within two weeks.
Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.
The 48-year-old singer was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room in February and now the Los Angeles County Coroner has released her official cause of death. Cocaine was found in her system as were traces of marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl although they did not contribute to her tragic passing.
A source connected to the investigation told gossip website TMZ, it is "very possible" Whitney had a heart attack that caused her to lose consciousness and drown. The heart attack may have been triggered by hardening of the arteries as a result of cocaine use.
The coroner also noted that neither foul play nor trauma factored into her demise. A final report is expected to be ready for release within two weeks.
Whitney was found dead in the bathtub and several pills were found on the scene including Xanax, Ibuprofen, and Midol. However, investigators found no evidence of cocaine in the hotel room.
Whitney Houston's boyfriend Ray J reportedly made "a ton" of sex tapes with the late singer.
It is claimed the 31-year-old rapper - who famously starred in a sex tape with Kim Kardashian - has a whole raft of racy films and pictures made during his on-and-off relationship Whitney.
According to Star magazine, the Houstons have begged him not to release anything - but Ray strongly denies any such material exists.
"The Houstons have] been in contact with Ray and told him they do not want any photos or videos painting her in a bad light to come out. [They] explained to Ray that now is the time to honor Whitney, not drag her legacy down," a source said.
But Courtney Barnes, spokesman for Ray J blasted the accusations, telling the Daily Mail newspaper, "The despicable tabloid report claiming the existence of a sex tape between Ray J and Whitney Houston is not true. There is no sex tape. This story along with so many others have been released to sell magazines. There is no sex tape or explicit photos."
© Gear Live Media, LLC. 2007 – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.