Houston’s sister-in-law reveals fears over singer’s inevitable death from drug use


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LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law said she feared that drugs would end the singer’s life. In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be “kidding herself” to say otherwise. Patricia Houston, who was her sister-in-law’s manager, was asked if she thought drugs would end up “taking” Whitney Houston. The “handwriting was kind of on the wall,” she replied. The pop star was changing how she lived, Patricia Houston said, and “it wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the … latter days or anything like that.” “It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” Patricia Houston said. “I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places.” Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, also was interviewed for the episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” airing 9 p.m. EST Sunday on Winfrey’s OWN channel. The 19-year-old discusses how she wants her mother to be remembered, OWN said Thursday. Houston, 48, was found underwater in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Investigators found several bottles of prescription medication in the room, and tests were being conducted to determine the cause of her Feb. 11 death. The pop star, whose hits included “I Will Always Love You,” had a history of substance abuse. Whitney Houston left everything to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

The pop superstar’s will doesn’t mention specific assets, but leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cars to her surviving children. Bobbi Kristina was her only child. Inside Edition first reported the will, filed in Atlanta, on Wednesday. Houston’s money will be put in a trust. Her sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, was appointed the administrator of the estate. Upon turning 21, Bobbi Kristina will receive part of the money, more of it at age 25 and the balance at age 30. Houston’s trustees can give her money from the trust for various purposes, including tuition, to buy a home and to start a business. The will was signed on Feb. 3, 1993, about a month before Houston gave birth to her daughter.