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Cissy Houston Opens Up About Whitney’s Death: “I Did The Best I Could”

Cissy Houston has been understandably quiet following the unexpected death of her pop star daughter on February 11. Now that enough time has passed, Whitney Houston‘s mother is finally opening up about the singer’s untimely death, as well as her struggle to cope with losing a child. “My children are my whole life,” Cissy says as part of an interview for My9’s 10 O’Clock News set to air next Monday. “She was very special to me. She was my only daughter, and a good one. Looked out for her family.” Cue the slow, steady stream of tears trickling down our faces in 5…4…3…

News of Cissy’s upcoming interview arrives on the same day as reports alleging that the investigation into Whitney’s death found cocaine in the singer’s hotel room. The presence of illegal substances comes as no surprise, however, considering Houston had cocaine, as well as a host of other medications, in her system at the time of death. “I know I did the best I could,” Cissy says of her daughter’s untimely passing. “I don’t blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything.” Says Houston, “I’m very proud of my daughter. She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here . . .she was a very wonderful person.” We’re sure at least half of that wonderfulness was Cissy.

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Whitney Houston’s Death An Accidental Drowning; Cocaine Found In Her System

Whitney Houston passed away suddenly over a month ago on February 11, but the investigation into her death is only just now getting to the bottom of what killed one of the greatest pop performers of all time. According to People, a source close to the investigation examining Houston’s untimely death indicates that Whitney died of accidental drowning; reports at the time of her death indicated that she was discovered in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cocaine was found in the singer’s body, in addition to marijuana, Benadryl and other medication. There is evidence to suggest that both cocaine and preexisting heart disease were factors in Whitney’s passing.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed People‘s reported findings. Houston, who allegedly left her entire $20 million estate to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, had long struggled with drug abuse. The report’s findings bare out suspicion that a combination of substances had a hand in Whitney’s demise, but seem to contradict the initial findings of the LA.County Coroner’s Office, who first believed that Houston did not drown, but instead may have passed away due to a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol first. “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” the Houston family said in a statement this evening.  Regardless of her cause of death, our hearts will continue to break for Whitney Houston and her loved ones.

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Whitney Houston’s Will Leaves Everything To Daughter Bobbi Kristina

The details of Whitney Houston’s will were just released and all the proceeds of her rumored $20 million estate go to one sole beneficiary — her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.  The paperwork was filed yesterday, but apparently, Whitney put the document together in 1993, one month before she gave birth to baby Bobbi. The word is that while the will doesn’t break down the assets, it does state that everything single penny and piece should go to her daughter, including jewelry, cars, household items etc.

Bobbi is currently 19 years old and doesn’t have access to all of it just yet. The money is to be put in a trust fund, and she will access some of it once she turns 21, then another portion when she turns 25 and then finally, the whole amount at 30. This doesn’t make Whitney’s passing any less of a tragedy, but you have to admire how she took charge of her affairs so that her daughter could be secure for the rest of her life. It’s going to be a tearjerker, but we know a lot of great stories about their very close relationship will emerge when Bobbi sits down with Oprah on Sunday.

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Brandy And Monica Praise Whitney Houston, Rely On Their “Unity” To Cope

Whitney Houston’s death this past weekend came as a shock not only her fans, but to those who knew her as a real-life friend and mentor. For Brandy and Monica, learning of Whitney’s passing just days after she visited them at a rehearsal for Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party last Thursday has been a struggle. “Our faith, our strength, and also our unity…has kept us in well enough spirits to do what it is she would have wanted us to do,” Monica explained on the set of their upcoming “It All Belongs to Me” video on Monday.

Luckily, the singers have been able to lean on each other for support as they deal with their shock, as well as look to the tenacious Ms. Houston for guidance. “Giving up was not an option. It was just the way that she lived. I think she would expect that of us,” Monica said, concluding, “We’re learning to cope, with one another.”

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Janet Jackson Offers Bobbi Kristina Advice About Whitney Houston’s Passing

Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were both wildly famous African-American pop stars who died under tragic circumstances. It was only a matter of time before someone made the comparison. That the person comparing them happens to be Janet Jackson is somewhat of a surprise; that her advice for Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina will make you cry is not. “You have to come to terms at some point. You have to actually give it up to God,” Jackson tells Anderson Cooper during an Anderson interview set to air Monday. “It sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating.” No, mean isn’t the word for it, Janet.  “Devastating,” maybe? “Sob-inducing”?

Bobbi Kristina allegedly had a “nervous breakdown” following her mother’s death on Saturday, getting admitted to the hospital twice before returning to the care of father Bobby Brown for recuperation. In her interview, Janet Jackson takes great pains to explain why Whitney Houston‘s death might feel significantly different than MJ’s passing. “I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There’s a difference. I don’t know what that’s like being so young,” Jackson admits, finally concluding, “There’s never a day, not one day has gone by where I don’t think about my brother.” Oh, yup, we were right. Bring on the slow, steady weeping!

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Bobbi Kristina Home After “Nervous Breakdown” Following Whitney Houston’s Death

Whitney Houston’s death brought tears to our eyes on Saturday, and we only know her through the radio. It’s completely understandable, then, that those closest to her are taking the news much harder; daughter Bobbi Kristina in particular is allegedly struggling with the news. “My daughter did visit with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” dad Bobby Brown said in a statement this afternoon. “She has been released and is presently with my family including her siblings.” Bobbi Kristina was allegedly rushed to the hospital both Saturday night,and Sunday morning following news of her mother’s death. Said Brown, “Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her. However we will get through this tragedy as a family.”

While her father offered scant explanation for Bobbi’s multiple emergencies, another relative was more willing to fill in the blanks. “Everything [was] stressful,” Billy Watson, brother of Whitney’s sister-in-law Patricia Houston and her bodyguard Ray Watson, told Us Weekly. “Her mama died, so she broke down. Nobody expected her to pass as quickly as she did. [Bobbi Kristina] had a nervous breakdown.” Luckily, Watson adds, “She’s alright.” We hope it’s some solace to Bobbi and the family that literally millions of people are tearing up to “The Greatest Love of All” right this second…and probably will be for a long time to come.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter Of Whitney Houston And Bobby Brown, Rushed To The Hospital

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Whitney Houston Dead At 48

Whitney Houston died this afternoon at the age of 48. The Grammy award-winning performer’s death was confirmed to the Associate Press by her rep, Kristen Foster. According to TMZ, paramedics were allegedly called to the Beverly Hilton hotel earlier today after Houston was found “unresponsive” in her room; though an attempt was made to revive the singer, she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen has since verified that the singer did pass away at the hotel. Houston leaves behind one child, daughter Bobbi Kristina, with ex-husband Bobby Brown.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston (1963-2012): Remember Her Unforgettable Legacy With Her 9 Greatest Musical Moments

While Whitney Houston famously struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, entering rehab as recently as last May, she will be remembered most for her two Emmys, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Music awards and 22 American Music Awards. More importantly, no other person knew exactly how much we wanted to dance with somebody who loves us. She will be desperately missed.

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Leslie Carter’s Cause Of Death Revealed To Be An Overdose Of Medication

This story just gets more heartbreaking. Leslie Carter passed away suddenly on Tuesday in upstate New York, and with toxicology reports pending, we still don’t know the official cause of death.  But now an incident report from emergency responders indicates that a cocktail of prescription drugs is likely what caused the 25-year-old’s sudden death, according to ABC NewsRead more…

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Nick And Aaron Carter’s Sister Leslie Passes Away At Just Age 25

We have really sad news to report. Leslie Carter — the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter — died early yesterday in upstate New York. A Carter family representative released a confirmation to Access Hollywood last night, stating, “Our family is grieving right now and it’s a private matter. We are deeply saddened for the loss of our beloved sister, daughter, and granddaughter, Leslie Carter. We request the utmost privacy during this difficult time.” No other details have been released just yet, so we cannot tell you about the cause of the budding singer’s death.

If you were hoping to tune into Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 this morning to see Aaron Carter, he has understandably cancelled his appearance so that he can spend time grieving with his family. Our sincere condolences go out to the Carter family during this tragic time.

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Beyonce Praises The “Eternally Great” Etta James

Etta James would be a legendary performer no matter who paid their respects after her death. Still, it’s nice to see Etta get some much deserved love from her fellow divas. “This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time,” Beyonce wrote on her website. “I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime.” Beyonce also cited her work in the 2008 historical drama Cadillac Records as an influence, a film in which she portrayed the late great singer. “Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist,” Bey said. “When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter.” Beyonce also posted video of her on-screen rendition of Etta’s “I’d Rather Go Blind,” in case you haven’t cried enough today already.

If there’s anything more lovely than Beyonce’s touching homage, it’s the fact that she and Etta had enough time to squeeze in a little beef during their life times. After Beyonce sang James’ “At Last” at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the singer ripped on the “Countdown” singer, claiming, “I can’t stand Beyonce.” Later James admitted she was just joking. “Even as a little child, I’ve always had that comedian kind of attitude,” she explained. Concluded Beyonce, “She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.” A diva and a comedian? You better believe she will be.

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