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EXCLUSIVE Ricky Minor, Whitney Houston’s longtime musical director, tells me that he met with her on Thursday morning here at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “She’d just been swimming. It was before 9am. She loves to swim. She had wet hair and she was getting it all over me.” Minor was getting ready to rehearse Brandy and Monica for a medley of Supremes songs for Clive Davis’s dinner–being held now, only three hours after Whitney’s tragic death. “She stayed, gave the girls advice. She was singing along from the theater. She said, Can I have a mike? And I said No, this is their show,” Minor said, remembering that he was joking. He is in shock he says. While we spoke, another member of the Davis team came along and said “I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine.” Minor tells me Whitney showed him her athletic arms from swimming, and was “very proud” of her athletic condition. “She said she was very excited about producing Sparkle and wanted to produce more films. It’s unbelievable.”

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10 replies to this post
  1. She’s passed on. We never know when our day is coming. Be ready. Also gives us pause to make sure the end of our lives are as honorable as they can be. Whitney will be remembered as a drug addict alcoholic with an abusive husband. Choices matter.

  2. WE LOVE YOU WHITNEY, THE WORLD LOST A GREAT DAUGHTER, WE WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH, SUCH A TALENT, SUCH A SURVIVOR ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BATTLED ISSUES CAN KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE, WE DON’T JUDGE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A SURVIVOR. BE AT PEACE MY LOVE. WILL MISS YOU DEARLY.

  3. God calls when He calls. Thank you for this report, Mr. Friedman. It’s comforting to know that her life was looking up. I pray for her family to be comforted, too, and to ignore the busy body speculating that some people will do.

  4. She may have been “fine” on Thursday, but she was stoned out of her mind Friday night in Los Angeles. The leeches and parasites that latched onto her succeeded in sucking the life out of her.

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