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So sad to hear that Whitney Houston died.....not really a surprise,
but what a shame. Prayers go out to her daughter and family.
I don't know if she died from drugs, but it seems like that might be
What a shame- and how ironic how all the perils of fame that Barry
sang about in "15 Minutes" is just so true for so many entertainers
like Whiteny Houston and Amy Whitehouse. Marvin
CNN is saying she was at the hotel for Clive Davis' party tonight pre-
Grammys (Beverly Hilton)....boy, this is sure going to make all the
festivities seem weird. Supposedly Ray J was with her or found her
(Brandy's brother). It's going to be a very somber Grammy Awards.
Wonder if Barry was planning to go to Clive's party?
Relieved to hear Barry didn't go ...he sure didn't need the stress,
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TMZ had two photos that some paparazzi took in an article on her.
In both photos Whitney did not look very good. Then I saw an article
on Yahoo that said it was unclear if Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party
would go on. I'm sure Barry is upset that his old label mate has
passed on. Amy Winehouse and now her. It will most likely come
out that she was doing drugs again. The photos of her I saw on TMZ
didn't look like she was sick. They looked more like she was out of
it or she was on something.
Chaka Khan spoke about the dangers of the music industry that may have
influenced Houston and her battle with addiction.
"I think we all, as artists, because we're highly sensitive people,
and this machine around us, this so-called 'music industry,' is such a
demonic thing," she told Morgan. "It sacrifices people's lives and
their essences at the drop of a dime...I had a manager once say to me,
You know you're worth more money dead than alive."
The singer expressed the most concern about Clive Davis' decision to
move forward with his pre-Grammy party on the night that Houston
passed away in the same hotel that she died in.
"I thought that was complete insanity," Khan said. "I don't know what
could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the
person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had
been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on."
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Ozzy Osbourne and co-host of The Talk,
admitted that she could not make it to Davis' party after hearing
about Houston's death.
"I didn't go to the Clive Davis party," she told E! News. "I do not
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The plans for the party and the awards show were set. If they
cancelled, it would have cost a bunch to reschedule. Many were in town
just for this party and the awards show. I believe it was said Clive
decided to go on with everything because Whitney would have wanted it
that way. Maybe they felt by going on with this party, it would help
everyone get past the shock of hearing Whitney had died. It may all
come out as people are interviewed.
Clive has always been power hungry, imo. This was HIS big night and
always has been. I don't know if he foots the bill for this every year
or if he has sponsors that contribute. Personally, I really feel Clive
should retire. He's too old and too set in his ways. And.....how much
is enough? True, he probably feels useful as long as he is working but
it's time for him to move on.
On another note, I wonder if these people in this industry have become
hardened to things like this because it seems to happen so much. They
have the attitude that oh well, life goes on and these things happen.
That's just the impression 'I' get. It's so unfortunate but, if you
want to take your chances using these drugs, mixing them, etc. you
have to accept the consequences. It's a grueling life and some just
aren't as strong as others. When these things are so readily
available, it's very hard for some to keep the grueling schedules and
that's when they turn to drugs to sleep, wake up, give them energy,
keep them thin, give them a boost, help them deal with depression,
etc. Whitney suffered from insomnia, anxiety and supposedly had some
kind of a throat infection. They said on the news that people close to
her are saying she's been free of the 'hard stuff' for a long time.
Others are saying in the few days before her death, she was acting
irratically and didn't seem to be acting 'normal' - whatever that
means. She struggled with her demons for a long time and now she is at
peace. Fame....can you take it?
I'm so glad Barry has a great support network and those around him
have helped him keep his feet on the ground. It's so easy to get
sucked up in that whirlwind.