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.
"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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