Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly took the road less traveled when he addressed the tragic death of Whitney Houston on The O’Reilly Factor last night. “Nobody takes drugs for that long if they want to stay on the planet,” said the conservative hardliner. Houston was a drug addict, said O’Reilly — “everybody knew that.” He noted, “She follows in the footsteps of Elvis, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, and scores of other entertainment figures. The hard truth is that some people will always want to destroy themselves, and there’s nothing society can do about it.” Houston wasn’t the only one in O’Reilly’s sights. See what he had to say about legalized-drug advocate Tony Bennett after the jump. READ FULL STORY
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Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.
The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that the funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
The funeral home said that no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark’s Prudential Center, the sports arena that the family had discussed as a possible venue.
The funeral service will be by invitation only, Carolyn Whigham said, reflecting the family’s desire to keep the memorial more personal.
“They have shared her for 30 some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell,” she said. READ FULL STORY
Whitney Houston‘s death has created heartrending echoes of tragedies past: The painstaking investigation that follows the shocking loss. Why was Houston found underwater in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, beyond resuscitation?
The 48-year-old singer, who had prescription drugs in her room, left behind disconsolate family and friends and unfulfilled dreams. Her body was flown Monday by private jet to New Jersey, where she was born and where her funeral is being planned. Late Monday, a hearse under heavy police escort arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, funeral home that officials said was handling the arrangements for the late pop star. READ FULL STORY
New details concerning Whitney Houston’s death on Saturday emerged today in a press conference with Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The BHPD has yet to declare an official cause of death, Rosen said, as they’re still waiting to receive toxicology results from the coroner’s office, which will likely take weeks.
Rosen confirmed that Houston was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room by a member of her personal staff, and that the singer’s body was lifted out of the tub before first responders were able to arrive on the scene. Rosen added that the first responders found her unconscious; she was unresponsive to first aid and CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm.
The police have completed the preliminary phase of investigation, including any work on the Beverly Hilton premises, Rosen said. For now, they’re treating the situation as a “death case,” and not a homicide. Since a security hold has been placed on the case, further details, including 911 tapes, will remain unreleased until further notice.
Meanwhile, the AP has been told by anonymous sources that Houston’s body will be taken to New Jersey this afternoon and a funeral is planned there later in the week. Additionally, the sources claim that arrangements are being made by Newark’s Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the funeral of Houston’s father in 2003, though the funeral home has yet to comment.
Host Wendy Williams took to her TV show this morning and, like most, took some time to talk about the death of Whitney Houston. But during what she claims will be the first and only time she addresses Houston’s passing, Williams broke down describing what the late singer meant to her as a former addict.
“I felt very close to Whitney even though this is a woman I’ve never met. I’ve never even been in the same room with her except for one time in my life,” she started. “Some of the things Whitney and I have in common that bonded us: the love of our mother and our father… and both plagued with the demon of substance abuse.” READ FULL STORY
Dionne Warwick has postponed a Valentine’s Day concert at a western Pennsylvania theater after the death of her cousin Whitney Houston.
Warwick’s concert at the Palace Theater in Greensburg will instead be held March 2. Tickets for Tuesday night’s concert will be honored for the new show.
Warwick is a Grammy Award-winning singer known for such hits as “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” ”I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Houston was found dead in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. The cause of her death is being investigated.
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“We could have had it all.” Well, at this point, Adele you sort of do have it all.
In addition to her Grammys sweep last night (the acclaimed songstress won in all six of her nominated categories, including Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Album of the Year for her platinum smash 21), Adele is once again dominating the charts. As of Monday, the Grammy-winning 21 (which has spent fifty weeks on Billboard) topped the iTunes charts, just ahead of Whitney Houston‘s Greatest Hits album. The late singer’s catalog unsurprisingly saw a surge in sales over the weekend after the news of her passing. But Adele (whose previous Grammy-winning album 19 also found its way into the top 10) wasn’t the only one to get an iTunes boost. Coldplay, the Civil Wars, and Kelly Clarkson also saw a boost thanks to their Grammy appearances.
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The Los Angeles Department of Coroner has released Whitney Houston’s body, reports People. Houston’s autopsy is complete but being held back from public release until full toxicology tests are delivered. “The investigation is ongoing,” Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says. “It’s too early to tell.” At time of press, Houston’s family had not arranged for the pickup of her body as they are in the midst of funeral preparations, said Winter. “Sometimes it takes a couple days.”
Bobby Brown left the New Edition tour Sunday night and arrived in Los Angeles to be with his 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who had been hospitalized following the death of her mother and Brown’s ex-wife, Whitney Houston, on Saturday night. People magazine reported that Brown had been scheduled to perform Sunday night in Nashville, but he instead arrived at LAX with a large entourage. A statement from his agent explained that his change of plan was driven by “His love for his daughter and his daughter being in the hospital. He wants to be with his daughter.”
Whitney Houston‘s life of glorious song and unnerving self-destruction apparently ended in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Grammy weekend, but it could be weeks before investigators know exactly why she died.
Coroner’s officials say they will not release any information on an autopsy performed Sunday at the request of police detectives investigating the singer’s death. Houston was found in the bathtub of her room, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter declined to say anything more about the room’s condition or any evidence investigators recovered.
There were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston’s body, but officials were not ruling out any causes of death until they have toxicology results, which will likely take weeks to obtain. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said that his agency may release more details Monday about Houston’s death, but it will depend on whether detectives feel comfortable releasing any information. READ FULL STORY
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