Kim Burrell speaks on Whitney Houston cause of death
March 28th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Kim Burrell speaks on Whitney Houston cause of death

Although Whitney Houston died of an accidental drowning on February 11, the coroner's report released last week notes that cocaine was a contributing factor - news that shouldn't be a huge surprise, says Houston's good friend Kim Burrell.

"To me, it's being presented like, 'Can you believe cocaine was in her system?!' I mean, the world saw her come out of rehab from being accused of that," the gospel singer tells HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" in an exclusive two-part interview airing Wednesday and Thursday.

Houston had openly struggled, Burrell continues, noting that the entertainer "did interviews about that. She admitted. Anybody could look at the interview she had with Oprah – the last one she had - and not be shocked that some kind of drug was in her system. She admitted to that, so it's just unfortunate that it was in there when she died."

Rather than dwell on the way she died, Burrell would rather focus on how we remember the legend.

"Whitney was beautiful inside and out," she says, adding that she was happy with where her career was at the time of her death.

Houston's upcoming feature with Jordin Sparks, "Sparkle," "was exciting for her," Burrell says. "She would call me while filming 'Sparkle,' and say, 'today was a good day.' She was bragging so much about Jordin Sparks. And I was just happy to see her happy doing something that was going to continue in the vein that she loved so much."

As for the public, Burrell adds, "I want the people to always remember, she gave more with her life than they need to try to discover in her death. That's all."

Part one of "Showbiz Tonight's" interview with Burrell airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET, with part two airing Thursday, March 29.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Jade

    Let he who is without sins cast the first stone...

    April 1, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Debbie

    @RamblinRose: well said. Everyone makes mistakes and has errors of judgement. Most people, though, are able to learn from their mistakes and have time to make things right (atone if you will). It's just sad that Whitney will be remembered, not only for her one-of-a-kind voice and talent, but also for a mere 10 year span of her life when she was lost to herself.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sabrina pittman OR B.ABY CAKES


      May 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danielle

    No, Kim Burrell sat there and acted as if Whitney Houston was clean. I distinctly remember her saying, she didn't think drugs was apart of her lifestyle anymore when she was interviewed right after Whitney Died. Kim Burrell KNEW she was shocked to find cocaine in her system at the time of death. That is because, Whitney portrayed a double lifestyle for her christian friends then for her other friends and family. One thing is for sure, Patricia Houston KNEW how and why Whitney Houston died, yet she got on the oprah interview and LIED. What's done in the dark will ALWAYS come to the light. NO one knows Whitney Houston's relationship with God, but one thing I KNOW for a fact, is that God is all powerful and all mighty, if he can raise the dead, surely he can break the chain of addiction. However, he only changes the hearts of people who DESIRE change.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    All you idiots disrespecting Whitney Houston. You should be ashamed of yourself!!! God will punish you!!! Your parents didnt teach you right!! Ignorant SOB'S!!!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Snooki's baby

    what's the diff between WH & Alexius Jackson? people actually give a cr@p about Whitney! AJ, not so much.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Whitney Houston's Ghost

    Hi's Whitney. As everyone knows it's really hot here in hell, but the crack "is to die for"! Lol! I have been hanging out with Michael Jackson and Adolph Hitler. Michael likes to have Hitler give it to him in the poop chute...while I sit back and just smoke some more crack rock and watch.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @maria

    Everyone has been a fool for love. If you live long enough, you will too. For the people who are joking about WH demise, I am sure you know someone who has smoked weed, did coke (PIPE or SNORTED) Huffed, Heroin, Meth, Alcohol or whatever got them high. Some of you might be high right now.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. maria

    their is nothing great about living with an alcohicl bobby brown, she was a fool

    March 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Derrick

    So sad. I appreciate Kim for this article.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Snooki's baby

    what's the difference between WH and a cigarette inspector? one cracks smokes and the other......

    March 29, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Snooki's baby

    no crack jokes? why pass up the opportunity? why did WH cross the road? cuz that's where her coke dealer lives.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexius Jackson

      You are very ignorant ! I pray to God the samething doesnt happen 2 yuh. I can only pray for people like you.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Onelove23

    Some people are so childish. Don't try to crack joke on someones death. We all have our struggles. No one is exempt from them. Hers were just released to the entire world. Look in the mirror before you start to judge anyone else. What is important is that she loved God and had a relationship with Him. Sometimes God will remove someone before He losses them to the devil. No man on this earth can judge. That is not for us to do but for God and God alone. What Kim said was nothing but truth. Whitney was human and we must realize that. Let's just pray for her family because they need it.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexius Jackson

      That was well said ! I feel the sameway. I love Whitney Houston 2 death '& im only 18 ! may she rest in peace !

      March 29, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Whitney Houston's Ghost

    I miss smoking crack and getting punched in the face by Bobby.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lilly

    Well said, Kim Burrell – Let her be –

    March 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RamblinRosie

    It's a hard thing for the loved ones of anyone lost too young to the damage of active, or inactive, addiction. Ms. Houston's musical legacy will survive. The shadow cast by her untimely, yet not surprising, premature passing will as well.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Whitney Houston's Ghost

    I miss my crack pipe.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexius jackson

      You are very disrespectful ! How dare you make fun of a dead person, not mentioning WHITNEY HOUSTON !!!!!! Ok she had a problem, but what person in this world doesn't. We were put on this earth to go through trials and trubulations. You can stop disrespecting Whitney in the matter that you are ! I love Whitney Houston and always will. R.I.P. WHITNEY HOUSTON ;))

      March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  17. I'm shocked!

    Boy, didn't see that coming, did you?

    March 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |

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