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The tragedy of Whitney Houston’s death is huge. But the timing is awful, too. Suddenly, the annual pre Grammy dinner given by her mentor Clive Davis — which she was scheduled to attend– is set to become a memorial. It’s too late to cancel the 800 plus person dinner here at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. So somberly the theme of the evening will be to celebrate Houston’s life. This has to be extremely painful for Davis, who has counseled Whitney and stood by her through thick and thin. As recently as last year Davis guided Houston back into rehab with her personal counselor and took extreme care to make sure she was alright. Before she started filming “Sparkle” late last fall she reassured him she was ok. And my sources from the movie set swore to me that Houston was in fine shape. Her death is immeasurably sad for her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her mother Cissy, sister in law and manager Pat Houston and the rest of their family. But for Davis it’s a stunning blow.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Whitney will be missed. Beautiful, talented and dead before her time to go.

    If drugs contributed to her death..then I hope the world will rise up and eliminate the drug dealers and all the people who contribute to the deaths or our beloved families…

    Whitney may you sing in heaven with all the angels…such sad news.

  2. Beautiful person, incredible singer…destroyed by illegal drugs. The best tribute Jennifer Hudson could do would be to not sing, but to look straight at the audience and say, “…give the name of your drug pushers and suppliers to the cops and give them proof to lock that scum away…” And then walk off the stage.


  4. Jeus please bless this troubled soul. Take her home with you and give her comfort. Help her family cope with her untimely passing. In your fathers name, we pray amen.

  5. Just goes to show, all the moneyand fame in this world can’t change the fact that” you die. ”

    On the other side is “JUDGEMENT.”

    Accountability for ones earthy actions.

  6. I have loved Whitney’s music since I was 13. The way she sang, brought a heart warming feeling, that few singers out there could ever do. I know its a tragedy for her family, friends and co-workers. Whitney maybe gone, but her spirit will always be. That you can not take from anyone. God Bless you Whitney. You will always be in my heart.

  7. I was so saddened to hear of Whitney Houstonn’s death. I loved her voice,
    and considered her to be one of the greatest singers of all time. I am a
    senior citizen, but I know greatness when I hear it. Our condolences to
    all that grieve over Whitney’s death, and we loved her too, and I have just
    replayed some of her songs, including the 1991 Super Bowl appearance. I
    have also shed tears over her.
    God Bless You All Who Loved Whitney. Bob and Dorothy

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