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Chaka Khan Speaks Out On The Death Of Whitney Houston

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The real tragedy here, like so many others that we've lost before her, is that it seems like this loss could have been prevented.

At least, according to Chaka Khan.

The icon, who herself is a recovering addict, spoke on Piers Morgan Tonight about the loss of whom she considered to be her "little sister," Whitney Houston, and she believes the troubled singer's death could have been prevented, if she had someone with her who could have kept her away from substance abuse.

She explains:

"I stand on, whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there. To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away. 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. It's 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.' I mean, I've cried for her, a lot over the years, so many times. In a way I've mourned her, because I felt something was gonna happen because she was so close to the wire."

Just awful to even think about.

The poor thing.

Hopefully, if there is any silver lining in this devastating loss, it's that this will serve as a reminder to those in the industry who are struggling with addiction - or close to those who are - that life can be lost in a split second, and that if they need help, now is the time to reach out for it.

May Whitney R.I.P.

Our thoughts continue to go out to Chaka, as well as all of Whitney's friends, family, loved ones, and fans during this impossibly difficult time.

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15 comments to “Chaka Khan Speaks Out On The Death Of Whitney Houston”

  1. 1

    It is so easy now to say, 'someone should have done something', but the fact is that for an addict to change their behaviour, they have to take responsibility themselves. Whitney was an adult - you can't just have someone babysit her and not let her do what she wants unless you have a court order. As long as she was making her own decisions, there is really not much anyone could have done.

  2. 2

    Yep, Chaka is right! Whitney ALWAYS had gangsta thugs as part of her entourage from the days of Bobby Brown to the present. The current Bobby Brown in her life was Ray J.. this idiot was a leeching scumbag; always bringing whitney to nite clubs, bars, etc. over the last week. The moron was pushing a book and wanted higher PR on himself by hanging with whitney at clubs for fotoshoots and paps. Essentially increasing his media profile. What it did was encouraged Whitney in that relapse environment and enabled her to drink. Thus, drink plus sedatives caused her to die overnite. What a damn enabling fool!!! Not just Ray J but all the damn fools on her team who went with Ray J and drank/smoked around her at those clubs and dinners. Complete user and leech! Media keeps asking what happened to whitney over last 48 hrs - ANSWER: Ray J!!!
    On why Whitney was there a week prior was she was working on post-production work on Sparkle. She was seen in and out of studio with producer Harvey Mason Jr. he posted pics of whitney in-studio. So Chaka was wrong on that fact. Problem was on whitney's downtime she hung around that asshole Ray J known for partying, drugging, and drinking at clubs everywhere. Known fact in urban hip hop community. Fucking douche bag. Truth.

  3. 3

    CHAKA is partially right and partially wrong, and SHE knows is. She is absolutely correct that the death could have been avoided(assuming drugs were the cause), but she said
    "if she had someone with her who could have kept her away from substance abuse". this comment is absolutely WRONG and she knows it. I realize she is trying to be nice, but blaming it on that NEBULOUS "someone" is just that trying to relieve Whitney of her own responsibility. NO ONE could have "kept her away from". that's not how it works. UNTIL YOU keep away fromyour drug of choice you will not EVER be away from it. Chaka knows this from her own experience. I'm sure people were in her face constantly, BUT she never quit UNTIL she decided to

  4. 4

    If you truly want to get clean you dont hang around enablers. I truly dont believe Whitney knew who was real to her and who was playing her for cash over her career. That's what also did her in.. losers she gave 4-5-6 chances when she should have bounced them to the curb in a second. She seemed to have a pleasing personality always pleasing others yet killing herself. Krissi mentioned that in her past online chats with Whitney fans before… people keep using her and she didnt know who really loved her for real. Very sad. Sigh…..

  5. 5

    Didn't she go through a dozen or so 12-Step religious cult "Higher Power" treatment programs?

    Where was the 12-Step religious cult's HIGHER POWER she PAID thousands of dollars to conjure up & PROTECT HER?

  6. 6

    Another 12-Step religious cult success story….

  7. 7

    Okra Panfry's Bucket-O-Wings says this BULLSHIT
    Didn't she go through a dozen or so 12-Step religious cult "Higher Power" treatment programs? where was the 12-Step religious cult's HIGHER POWER she PAID thousands of dollars to conjure up & PROTECT HER? Another 12-Step religious cult success story….

    YOU dumb kunt, your one note rant against AA is oh so BORING, we all know you tried to get sober once or twice and FAILED, being unwilling to accept your own failure you MUST find someone/else to BLAME for you inability to become honest, and YOUR CHOICE to continue to drink and drug. I know this, YOU know this, EVERYONE else knows it. by the way you drunken loser, what exactly are you hiding behind your multiple fake ass names and fake ass avatars?? really i want to know. Still giving BJ's for drinks and doses?

  8. 8

    Okra Panfry's Bucket-O-Wings says – reply to this

    "Where was the 12-Step religious cult's HIGHER POWER she PAID thousands of dollars to conjure up & PROTECT HER"
    um,,, I've been going to AA meetings for 30+ years, and have never been BILLED for anything. lets say i've gone to an average of 3 meetings a week fo 30 years, i voluntarily throw a buck a meeting in the basket, so over the past 30 years i have GIVEN $4700 in DONATIONS. your pathological lying is further proof of how damaged you brain really is.

  9. 9

    This is so sad. She was such an incredible talent… It's so easy for stars to get into a lifestyle of drugs; they have the money to get whatever they want and need and someone is always ready and willing to supply them. But addiction is a disease that affects all income levels and destroys families and friendships. My heart and prayers go out to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina and her entire family. Godspeed, Whitney Houston.

  10. 10

    Chaka is right. But the parasites around Whitney would never let that happen. They get to hang out in plush hotel suites and eat free from room service. They go to fancy parties and clubs and sit in the VIP section and never have to pay for a drink.They think short term, not long term. Now they'll just attach themselves to someone new.

  11. Honor says – reply to this


    Do you ever consider that Whitney Houston was the riff raff. There are people who credit WH w/ their addictions and downfalls as well as her daughters problems w/ substance abuse. As many "riffy raffy" people that were around Miss Houston there were just as many that would ONLY want the best for her. We attract what we are and what we want. This is NOT meant to be mean I have ALWAYS thought whitney was sooo beautiful, what is wrong w/ her face here is the pic angle, it looks swollen and odd.

  12. 12

    I agree with both sides of the argument. One that it is the industry, that show biz is full of leeches who will provide drugs for you and push them on you and it's easy to fall into it if you are not careful. On the other hand, it's the addict who has to realize they have to get away from this deadly stuff and the enablers. Nobody can save you, people can try to help and stage interventions and plead, but at the end it's the addict that has to wake up to the fact that they're heading down a road that will lead them to death.

  13. 13

    Re: Moniker – finally someone who understands. An addict/drunk is the ONLY person who takes/drinks. and the only one who can decide to not drink and drug anymore. REHAB does not get you sober all it can du is get you clean/dry. Once that occurs you then have the ability to make an informed decission. I YOU want to get high you will if you don't you WONT.

  14. 14

    What she said was out of love and loss for someone she knew. That being said at a certain point you can't control who is around someone you love. Clive Davis is awful for having a party knowing she passed away above them. He certainly did care for her and his own "Mourn Me" attitude showed who he really is. Ray J wasn't in love with her. He used her for money and for his own awful reasons. Sadly she didn't have real people around her who really cared for her. My thoughts are with her daughter and mother.

  15. 15

    What Chaka Khan said about stars being sacrificed by a demonic satanistic music industry should be taken literaly. There were very suspicious circumstances surrounding Whitney Houston's death, so before people verbally attack brave individuals like Nancy Grace and Chaka Khan & label Whitney as a hopeless druggie they should investigate all the rather disturbing facts:
    -Whitney wasn't alone the day she died, there were several people in the hotel room next to her including her aunt, hairdresser and other staff, why didn't anyone check on her or hear her fall?
    -She may have been partying the night before, but on the day she died Whitney was working shortly before her death, according to staff she had just approved photos taken for her new candle line before she ran a bath.
    -Whitney apparently collapsed while getting into the bath and was half submerged when her aunt found her, yet her family stated that she didn't drown,there were no signs of trauma & no illegal unprescribed drugs were found.
    -Whitney's daughter Bobbi was also found unconcious in a bath at the same hotel the day before Whitney died. Bobbi was prevented from seeing her mother's body at the hotel, which was why she was so upset. She was sedated and taken to hospital twice, but if there was no physical trauma on Whitney's body why wasn't Bobbi allowed to see her mother to properly say goodbye?