Monday, May 27, 2024

The Whole Story About Whitney Houston’s Last Will and Testament


Whitney Houston updated her will in 2004. All reports otherwise today are wrong. The will names daughter Bobbi Kristina as her sole heir and mother Cissy Houston as executor. Today in Atlanta probate court, I am told by insiders, the family agreed to let Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister in law, become executor. Cissy Houston was appointed co-trustee. The 2000 codicil from “Inside Edition” picked up by the New York Post “is not her latest will.” Neither will — the 2000 or the 2004 update– left anything to Bobby Brown, that is true. But no longer serving as trustees are Whitney’s other brother Michael or his wife, Donna. I am told the court action in Atlanta went smoothly, with everyone agreeing that Whitney would have wanted Pat Houston to take over as executor.

This is a big shift in power in the Houston family. In the 80s and 90s, it was Donna Houston who was close to Whitney. But Whitney’s half brother Gary married Pat in 1994, and things shifted. Now Pat Houston has convinced Whitney’s mother Cissy to be the executor. Families are a tricky business.

Here’s the official statement that was exclusive to us at and

Kenny Meiselas of Grubman Indursky Shire and Meiselas P.C., long term media and
entertainment attorneys for Whitney Houston, confirms that today in Fulton
County Probate Court in Georgia, Marion P. Houston (Pat Houston) was appointed
as Administrator of the Estate of Whitney E. Houston. Bobbi Christina Brown is
the sole beneficiary. (see copy of order attached)

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Roger Friedman
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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