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EXCLUSIVE — Whitney Houston’s death made for a long day’s journey into night at the Beverly Hilton. While the Clive Davis Grammy dinner had to proceed downstairs in the ballroom–with 800 guests already filing in as the news was breaking–Whitney remained in state, so to speak, in her fourth floor suite. She was not removed until just moments before the party ended–a little after midnight. She’d been in the suite, discovered in her bathtub. But there were many people in the suite when this happened at 3:50pm including her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her brother Gary, sister in law Pat Houston, and another player in this story — a nightlife friend who’d been guiding her around town the last few days as she was photographed in states of duress.

What you don’t know is that around 11pm, paramedics were called back to the fourth floor. Security and police raced back to the 4th floor. A medical wheelchair with restraints was brought in through the back entrance to the hotel. Bobbi Kristina “freaked out”–well, she’d been upstairs for hours with her mother’s dead body in the next room. It was understandable. The paramedics thought they were going to to have to take her to the hospital. But calm was restored. For ten minutes, though, security cleared the entire lobby of the hotel while the concert was going on inside the ballroom. I was out there at that moment, and it was one of the strangest scenes ever.

Then there’s the mysterious story of a leak that occurred the night before from Whitney’s group of suites. A man on the third floor right underneath Houston’s suite told me this (before TMZ screwed it up completely): he suddenly experienced water cascading into his bathroom from above at 2:30am. It wasn’t just a trickle. The man called security, then went upstairs to the fourth floor to see what was going on. He swears to me that it was Whitney’s bathtub that was overflowing. He also says that a flat screen television had been been broken–the screen was smashed. My sources at the hotel say there was a “leak” but that it wasn’t from Whitney’s room. “They [her group] have a lot of rooms up there,” says the hotel source. My source, this man, insists that he was told it was Whitney Houston’s room. It does seem to have been part of her group of rooms.

There are many mysteries here. None of them have been reported or solved by TMZ or one of the other muckracking tabloids. I know the man who had to pull Whitney out of the bathtub yesterday and attempt to give her CPR. He told me, “She was already dead. There was nothing I could do.”

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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. Raffles claims he was part of Whitney’s security team for the funeral. So who took the picture of Whitney in her casket and how did they get past security? The funeral home claims they know who it is. So who sold out Whitney?

  2. now all of you are right because i remember reading that r jay found her in the hotel room never said where and then i read hair stylest found her in empty bath tub then hair stylest found her in bath tub under water…… i would just like to know the truth

  3. Roger, you’re absolutely right to bring up red flags about this guy. I just read your entry on Forbes about Raffles. I recall a couple of yrs back I had a conversation with this guy… nothing serious, just chit chat about Whitney since I was a fan of hers and noticed he’s always around her. I forget which forum or social media site it was but someone emailed me back. It was from The Netherlands where this Raffle guy is from. Apparently this guy is a trouble maker. He told me the govt at some point was after him for fraud and scams and that he ran away to the US to escape charges or something to that effect. There was a documentary done on Raffles over in the Netherlands which exposed him. I suggest you investigate more on this guy in Amsterdam/Netherlands. He claims to know Whitney for more than 20yrs which I find laughable. I’ve only ever heard of his name since Whitney’s comeback in 2008-9 period. He doesn’t sound like good news.

    As for managing Chaka Khan? Everywhere I looked her sister’s name comes up as her manager, Tammy McCrary. Another lie, smh.

  4. Bottom line, it was her time. Did it occur to anyone that maybe her heart gave out? My cousin was 49 when she died, she was an entertainment lawyer. Quite a shock. But Whitney’s life was filled with stress and burden. Her heart gave out.

  5. There is about roughly a 15 minute hole in the timeline. There are things that do not make sense. And it’s just a matter of time before somebody starts talking.

  6. Here is Whitney’s main entourage whenever she is in LA. Usually the same everywhere she goes actually… based on red carpet pics and other pics during that week her entourage consisted of:

    Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina
    Gary Houston
    Patricia Houston, Gary’s wife and co-mgr of Whitney
    Ulysses Carter (label PR rep, whitney’s PR)
    Raffles van Exel
    Tiffany Dixon, hairstylist
    Ray J
    Mary Jones, assistant – “Aunt Mary”
    Ray the bodyguard “Uncle Ray”, Pat’s brother I believe…

    They know what’s going on. Though I highly doubt they will tell you the complete truth in interviews. Something is definitely going on… I smell a rat cause the story keeps changing who found Whitney, time line, etc.

    Get on it Roger… just sayin.

  7. What’s also strange, if the person below her room ran up to whitney’s suite with the security guard – where was whitney?? Was the room empty?? You mention it was 2.30am… then that assumes someone left her tub running and broke her flat tv screen and disappeared. That’s strange, the guests story doesnt make sense then. If the room was empty and she wasnt there, then it was a possible break-in?? The guests story doesnt make sense… indeed.

  8. Hmm, nite life “friend”. I assume that to be Ray J who was seen with her all that week and in all the pics, no surprise… ET had an interview with a guest on the same floor as whitney. He said when he went out into the hall way in front of whitney’s room he said Brandy crying, medical staff, police and that Ray J was “still” in the room. The ET video is online, search for it. The guest also claimed his friend knew that Ray J and Whitney were dating for last 8 mos or so.. hmm. Stacy Francis the xfactor contestant made a tweet on her timeline the nite she and whitney had that “fight”. She tweeted “…so they are a couple” referring to whitney and ray j. All her tweets referring to whitney and or whitney/ray j have been deleted since. Hmm. Another person to check out is Raffles Van Exel in the entourage. He’s the spanish looking dude always tagging along with whitney and also seen in all the pics. He has a face book page and he seems to be a former friend/hangers-on of the late Michael Jackson. Often posts pics of him and MJ on his facebook page. Guess that’s how he got into Whitney’s entourage because whitney and MJ were long time friends as you know.

    Leaking tub??? Didnt reports say Krissi was found in a tub in same situation but her friends called security and they got her out in time?? That’s what TMZ and other bloggers said. Her room is supposedly beside whitney’s on same floor. Couldnt the water come from her suite since they are adjoining?? Possible security got it wrong… Whitney as you said yourself was around the pool the next morning – alive, the day of the pre-grammy event. So even with the cracked flat screen tv or leaking tub the nite before she was still alive that day until 4pm when she was declared dead… hmm. If she was drunk/high that evening she could have thrown something at the tv screen and broke it accidentally in a drunken/high rage or whatever… the coroners report and tox report will tell how long she has been dead and what chemicals are in her body, amount, and how long. You’re assuming she maybe subject of foul play the nite before with the overflowing tub.. but that doesnt explain then why she would be around the bar/pool the morning of the pre-grammys ALIVE and then dead some 5-6hrs later.

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