Op-Ed: Whitney Houston: sex, drugs and rumours
The coroner has now released his findings into the death of Whitney Houston, which may squelch rumours about her being murdered. Others will persist in spite of denials.
In November 1963, the President of the United States was assassinated on camera and in view of thousands; his killer was caught and paraded in front of the media within hours with a smug look on his face. Case closed. But for the loonies
. Whitney Houston was not a President or even a politician. Unlike Elvis she wasn't an honorary deputy nor rumoured to be a government agent, but that won't stop the loonies. Using primarily the evidence released by the coroner
, at least one source has managed to find suspicion of foul play
We all know about the drugs, illegal and otherwise. Where she got the former may be of concern to the legal authorities, but no one forced her to use them. Like Amy Winehouse
and Gary Moore
before her - who died from overindulgence in a legal drug - she made her own bed. All we can do in this respect is hope other people make better choices. After drugs comes what? Obviously sex. It has been fashionable of late for some celebrities and wannabes to make sex tapes
Singer-songwriter Ray J, who was said to have dated Houston, said of one such allegation linking his name in that sordid fashion that it was despicable, and something that had been made up to sell magazines
. Ray has also been blamed for supplying her with cocaine, but whether or not he was her toy boy
lover or simply a close friend - unlike Peter Tatchell
- he was born in 1981; Whitney married Bobby Brown in 1992. Do the math, or failing that, listen to people who know what they are talking about, like David Gest
The late singer's cousin Dionne Warwick
has said she will no longer answer questions about her because she needs to rest. That can be spun into sensible advice: if you can't find something nice to say about Whitney Houston, or something that is thoroughly documented, don't say anything about her at all, just wait for the official biography, the inevitable biopic and the tributes on the 1st, 10th, and if you're still around, the 50th anniversary, of her death.