New claims suggest Whitney Houston 'drank considerably two mornings before her death'… as plans are revealed to broadcast her funeral live online
Beverly Hilton Hotel guests 'complained about singer's erratic behaviour'
Funeral on Saturday will be broadcasted on TV and onlineKelly Price says she prayed news of singer's death was 'internet hoax'Family 'doing best to keep Bobby Brown away from singer's fortune'
In the wake of Whitney Houston's death last weekend, new claims have suggested the troubled singer was seen 'drinking considerably' for at least two mornings in the week before her passing.
It is claimed that the singer, who was just 48 when she died, was seen ordering drinks at the bar at the Beverly Hilton Hotel before 10am on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
A source revealed to CNN that guests in the hotel had heard Houston complaining to the bartender about her drinks being 'watered down' or containing 'too much ice'.
'Erratic': Whitney Houston was apparently seen drinking for two morning last week before her death on Saturday
The source added that some of the guests later complained about the singer's 'erratic' behaviour, saying that her dishevelled appearance and odd clothing choice led to her appearing intoxicated.
However, Houston's close friend Kelly Price, with whom the singer was seen partying just two days before her death, insisted she noticed no erratic behaviour when the pair spent time together at the Tru Hollywood nightclub on Thursday night.
She said in an interview on ITV's Daybreak this morning: 'I don’t know anything about her not being in a great frame of mind. I’ve said so many times that she came and she was happy and she beat me to my own party.
The scene: It was claimed that guests at the Beverly Hilton Hotel complained about Whitney's 'erratic' behaviour
'She was happy to pose for the press, she was waiting on me when I got there and we had a great time that night.
She was so happy and so full of life and she brought so much joy into the building that night – she brought an energy into the entire event that I’m so glad we were all able to experience that.'
Price added that she was so shocked when she was first told of Houston's passing that she had hoped it was a hoax.
She said: 'I was shocked, very hurt, I’m still very hurt. In my heart and in my mind I was hoping it was a crazy internet hoax. As much as I hate them, I would have given anything for it to be a hoax that time.'
'I wish it was a hoax': Whitney's close friend Kelly Price, seen here with the singer on Thursday night, said she had hoped it was an internet hoax when she heard of the singer's death
Price continued: 'I haven't fully been able to accept it. I need to find a way to have some closure for myself.
think going through the process of the Grammy awards, I had to push my
way through it. But in the last 24 hours it has really hit me.'
Meanwhile, plans to broadcast Houston's funeral live on television and online have been revealed.
After it was confirmed the funeral will take place
on Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ, Houston's publicist Kristen Foster announced The
AP are allowed to film the service and stream it on their website, with
some other broadcasters also taking the footage via a satellite.
will be no public memorial service and pastor Marvin L Winans, who will
be giving a eulogy said the family didn’t want ‘a parade’.
Still a mystery: Whitney's death certificate cites the cause of death as 'deferred' and it is still not clear how the singer died on Saturday
Aretha Franklin, Houston's godmother, has been asked to sing at the funeral, which begins at noon, Franklin's spokeswoman said.
to CNN.com others confirmed on the guest list are Chaka Khan, Bebe
& CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop
singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio L.A. Reid, Ray J and
One person expected not to attend the funeral, which will take place at 5pm
GMT and 12pm EST, in Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, is Bobby Brown, who family members are said to have told that he is not welcome.
It has also been claimed that Houston's mother Cissy is doing her best to stop the singer's ex-husband Bobby Brown from getting closer to their daughter Bobbi Kristina, for fear it is a ploy to get his hands on Whitney's fortune.
A source told TMZ.com that friends of the family have contacted Bobby to tell him he's not welcome at her funeral, and should not increase his part in Bobbi's life.
However, a friend of Bobby's is said to have told the website that Bobby is keen to 'bury the hatchet for the sake of his daughter'.
Including fans: While there will be no public service the funeral, which will be held on Saturday at Fairview cemetery will be broadcast on TV and online
With family: The singer's body will be laid to rest in the same cemetery as her father Russell who passed away in 2003
Family ties: Whitney with her parents John and Cissy back in 2003
It was also yesterday claimed that Houston had become spiritual in her final days and told friends she ‘really wanted to see Jesus’.
TMZ.com claims that Houston began quoting the bible and singing religious songs in the days leading up to her death.
Whitney was said to have performed
Yes Jesus Loves Me Tu at Tru nightclub in Hollywood on Friday night and
the website claims the singer told a friend: ‘I’m gonna go see Jesus… I
want to see Jesus.’
next day it has been claimed Whitney was quoting bible passages from
the Matthew Chapter and according to TMZ she said: ‘You know, he's so
cool … I really want to see that Jesus.’
Paying respects: Chaka Khan, Diana Warren and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are all said to be attending the funeral on Saturday
Godmother: Aretha Franklin is said to be singing at the funeral on Saturday
Following Whitney's deaths claims
emerged stating that singer was dishevelled and incoherent and that she
interrupted an E! interview the Thursday before her death.
according to Radaronline this is false and a source said: 'Whitney
waited until E! had finished filming to say hello. Clive, Brandy and
Monica were doing interviews with multiple media outlets to promote
their performance at the pre-Grammy party.
'The interview was finished, and the
E! crew was off to the side taking their equipment down, and the trio
was awaiting the next outlet to come in and set up. As soon as the E!
crew saw Whitney enter the room, they started rolling their cameras.
Whitney came over, and said hello to all three. She was completely
sober, coherent, and absolutely respectful. She just wanted to wish
Brandy and Monica good luck.'
The room Whitney died in is said to be fully booked for the 'foreseeable future' it has been reported.
Whitney’s death certificate has
failed to determine the cause of death listing ‘pending investigation’
as the manner of death and ‘deferred’ is written for the immediate
While it is
known that the signer drank alcohol and had taken prescription drugs
before her death it is still not clear what the exact cause is – and it
has been reported it will be hard to get a clear picture of exactly what
she was taking.
Home coming: The gold hearse carrying Whitney's body arrives at the funeral home in New Jersey on Monday night
Goodbye: The hearse backs up to the funeral home and the body of Whitney Houston is entered into the building
Sad times: A sombre looking Cissy Houston leaves the Whigham Funeral Home in the early morning hours of Tuesday
The body of the singer, 48, was found
surrounded by different bottles of prescription pills including
ibuprofen – a painkiller, Xanax – an anti-anxiety drug, Midol – for
menstrual cramps, amoxicillin – for bacterial infections and several
County coroners will request copies of
her medical records and will compare them with prescription bottles
found in the hotel room, a source told The Sun.
If anyone gave Houston the drugs
illegally, they could be charged. '[Authorities] need to determine that
no one is criminally negligent. There still could be charges in this
case,' the source said.
According to The LA Times: 'The Los
Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday investigators have asked
'a number' of doctors to provide them with Houston's medical
Childhood: The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, is inundated with tributes
More love: A woman writes a message on a memorial for the late pop singer Whitney Houston
Support: Music Executive and record producer Clive Davis arriving for a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, CA
L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve
Opferman told the paper: 'Celebrities often get their prescription drugs
from doctors who are more than willing to give them what they want and
sometimes using members of their entourage.'
According to RadarOnline.com her
manager, Clive Davis angered family members when he announced that he
would be going ahead with his party at the hotel.
was due to perform at the bash and while many celebrities including
Britney Spears were in attendance, Sharon Osbourne opted not to go out
of respect for the fallen star.
She said: 'I do not know how people
could have gone to the party knowing that Whitney was still in that
building dead. And just the sorrow, I just couldn't.
'There was no way I could go drink and eat and be social. For me, it wasn't right.'
The website claim that a source said:
'The mood in the suite was just that of pure shock. Bobbi Kristina was
absolutely inconsolable, she was rocking back and forth on the couch,
added: 'Clive was already dressed in his tux and most of Whitney's
family was already dressed for the party. There wasn't any mention of
the party proceeding or being canceled by Clive. He told Whitney's
family that they could stay in his suite as long as they needed to, and
then after about 45 minutes with them, he left.'
Final performance: Kenny Lattimore, Patricia Houston, Whitney and daughter Bobbi Kristina at a pre-Grammy party
spokesperson released a statement to the website denouncing the claims
and said: 'This story is categorically false. This supposed in-person
meeting never took place and Mr. Davis never left the main floor of the
reports, the hotel asked the coroner to leave Whitney's body in her
hotel room out of respect for A-list guests and for security issues.
Top bosses at the Beverly Hilton asked
requested that they wait until after the party had finished before
moving the body because it was feared insensitive to have a hearse
leaving as limos were arriving.
Grieving: Mourners at a vigil for Whitney Houston in Leimert Park in Los Angeles
Whitney's body was flown from California
to Newark on Monday and was driven to the Whigham Funeral Home in a
gold hearse and a huge crowd of people were gathered to see the star
come home to rest.
Detroit based pastor and former recording artist Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy at the funeral service and he described her death as the same as losing a sibling.
He told the the Detroit Free Press that Houston was like a sister to him and he would deliver the eulogy at the request of the singer's mother, Cissy Houston.
Whitney's aunt Mary Jones leaves LA, she found her niece in the bathtub. Her mother Cissy, right, is pictured
arriving at the funeral home in Newark after her daughter's body was
Reverend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy at Whitney's funeral service
Winans, 53, is a famous gospel singer
who won a Grammy in 1985 and was amazed to learn in the 80s that
Whitney, who was a superstar at the time, was a massive fan of his.
The pastor said he was stricken with grief when he heard his close friend had died in her hotel room but was able to laugh at some memories he shared with the troubled star he nicknamed Nip.
'We both were at the William Morris Agency at the time. And we both had the same agent. And I knew of Whitney Houston. I knew of this phenomenal record. And you saw her picture back in the day everywhere. But I didn’t know the songs and I didn’t know her.'
His agent asked if he’d ever heard of her.
'And we were like ‘yeah.’ And he
said, ‘Well, she closes her show with your song, Tomorrow.’ And so
Carvin and I were in Beverly Hills and she was at a hotel and we went
there and met her. And when we met her, I just said, ‘Oh, lord.’ Because
I knew she would be family. And that is exactly what happened.'
Marvin also confirmed that her mother was dealing well with the sad news considering the awful situation.
said: 'Yes, she’s deeply saddened. Their relationship was famous as
close as they were. Yet, she keeps living. Our thoughts and prayers, our
whole personal sadness sort of abates this mother who lost her
daughter. She lost her daughter.'
Regretful situation: Stacy Francis has spoken about the 'misunderstanding' between herself and Whitney Houston last Thursday
Regret: Stacy tweeted her feelings about the debacle on Sunday, and added her condolences
In the wake of Whitney's passing many stars have come forward to speak about how much they were influenced by the music legend.
Stacy Francis has taken to Twitter to express her condolences and regrets about her run-in with Whitney Houston just two days before she died.
'This is a sad time for me. I loved Whitney Houston with all my heart,' she wrote on Sunday. 'She was such an amazing musical influence for me.
'I deeply regret the events that led to Thursday’s misunderstanding, but I respect and love her more than I can say.'
Her peers: Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan have just spoken out about the love they had for the legend
At this painful time, I would like to express my support and most sincere condolences to Whitney’s family in learning of her sudden death,' Francis continued. 'I will always remember her to be a deeply humane person and wish her spirit to rest in peace.'
The former X Factor contestant Stacy Francis nearly came to blows with the musical icon last Thursday — for talking to Whitney's on-off boyfriend Ray J.
'She ran over to them and began screaming, ‘This is my man! I’m a cougar!’' a source told Radar Online.
Dearly missed: Whitney Houston and boyfriend Ray
J out clubbing in 2006 (left) and with her daughter Bobbi Kristina
(right) at mentor Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party last year
Ray J, 31, who had reportedly rekindled his romance with Houston despite his denials, tried to calm down the angry singer, assuring her that he and Francis, 42, were family friends.
But according to Radar, after Houston – who is said to have been drinking tequila – pointed fingers and shouted, even shoving Francis in her forehead at one point, the ex-X Factor reportedly gave in and pushed her back.
Meanwhile Janet Jackson, who was close to the singer during the 80s and 90s, told Anderson Cooper that Whitney was a 'sweet soul,' she added: 'She was such a sweet, sweet soul. We would always take the time out to find one another.
Houston, centre, poses with her former husband, singer Bobby Brown,
right, and their daughter Bobbi, left, at Disneyland in Anaheim,
California, in August 2004
Whitney's mother, gospel singer Cissy
Houston, issued the following statement: 'We are devastated by the loss
of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will
miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from
her fans and friends.'
And Chaka Khan believes it was 'insane' to hold the Clive Davis Grammy party the same night that her friend died, and that she couldn't even get dressed to attend.
Speaking on Piers Morgan Tonight, she said: 'I thought that was complete insanity. And knowing Whitney, I don't believe that she would have said, the show must go on. She was the kind of woman that was, ‘Stop everything, uh-huh.’ I'm not going to be there. You know.
She added: 'I couldn't get dressed. I was supposed to go to the party.
Just got off a plane from Miami at 5:30. As soon as I hit the tarmac, I found out, I heard. And I couldn't put on makeup, I couldn't get dressed, I couldn't do anything.'