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Now You Can Smell Famous Death Scenes

Museum puts you in a morgue-like box to explore storytelling through scent

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered what it was like at the scene of someone's death, scientists in the Netherlands are taking you one morbid step closer. They've created a new and unusual museum exhibit that pipes the sounds and smells of four famous death scenes into boxes, like... More »

20 Movies That Debuted After a Star's Death

Paul Walker died less than two weeks before 'Hours' release

(Newser) - Paul Walker died less than two weeks before the Dec. 13 release of Hours, a movie about Hurricane Katrina he starred in. The San Francisco Chronicle rounds up many more examples of movies released after one of their stars died. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out... More »

10 Celebs Who Needed Interventions

Some kicked the drugs, alcohol, but for others, a sad ending

(Newser) - Radar rounds up a list of stars who have faced intervention attempts from family members and friends. In some cases, they went to rehab and got cleaned up—but other cases had a tragic ending. Check out a sampling of 10 of them in the gallery or the full... More »

Whitney's Headstone Has Familiar Lyric

Houston grave reads, 'I will always love you'

(Newser) - The epitaph on Whitney Houston's headstone was written by Dolly Parton, and Houston's fans will immediately understand why. "I will always love you," reads the quote on the bottom of the grave marker, reports AP , a reference to the Parton song that Houston made enormously popular.... More »

Plane Forced Down By Bad Singing

Unruly flyer wouldn't quit warbling Whitney Houston songs

(Newser) - A Los Angeles to New York City flight was forced to make an emergency stop in Kansas City thanks to a different kind of "atmospheric disturbance"—an unruly passenger who refused to stop singing Whitney Houston songs. The woman, who belted out "I Will Always Love You"... More »

These 10 Songs Were Meant for Other Singers

Janet Jackson could have sung 'How Will I Know'

(Newser) - Can't picture anyone other than Whitney Houston singing "How Will I Know"? Well, Janet Jackson was offered the song first, reports Entertainment Tonight . Nine more songs that were originally intended for someone else:
  • Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" was originally offered to Michael Jackson—as
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We Investigated Whitney Houston Extortion: FBI

128-page file detailing pure craziness released

(Newser) - Newly released FBI files on Whitney Houston reveal that the bureau once investigated an alleged extortion attempt against the singer, Reuters reports. The 128 pages of files were posted on the FBI's website yesterday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The alleged extortion attempt was reported... More »

Whitney Houston Was in Denial: Clive Davis

New memoir also reveals he's bisexual

(Newser) - Clive Davis has a new memoir, out yesterday, that apparently reads more like a tell-all. In The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis recalls that Whitney Houston was "in complete denial" about her substance abuse problems. He includes letters he sent her, including one from 2001 in which he wrote,... More »

Whitney's Mom Tells of 'Beyond Disturbing' Visit

Cissy Houston reams Bobby Brown in new memoir

(Newser) - Cissy Houston has a few words, and a few more, for Bobby Brown. In Remembering Whitney, out today, the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up... More »

9 Artists Who Lip-Synced

If Beyonce did, she's in good company

(Newser) - The debate over whether Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem continues, but either way, the Washington Post points out that the practice of lip-syncing isn't all that uncommon. It lists nine examples:
  • When Whitney Houston performed what many called the best rendition of the national anthem ever, at the Super
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Whitney Houston Murdered Over Drug Debt: Private Eye

'National Enquirer' reports new claims

(Newser) - The National Enquirer claims to have a big scoop: Whitney Houston was murdered. It spoke to former Chicago cop/California private eye Paul Huebl, who says there is evidence that just such a crime occurred. "Knowledgeable" sources told him that Houston was done in by "high-powered drug dealers who... More »

5 Secret Celebrity Affairs

Kirstie Alley revealed 2 just this week

(Newser) - Blindsided by the fact that Kirstie Alley apparently had emotional affairs with both Patrick Swayze and John Travolta ? The Huffington Post lists five more celebrity romances that flew surprisingly under the radar:
  • Jermaine Jackson (we're sorry, Jacksun ) reportedly had an affair with Whitney Houston in the 1980s.
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10 Artists Who Turned Down Hit Songs

Just think, Janet could have had 'How Will I Know'

(Newser) - Sometimes celebrities aren't so lucky—as evidenced by these 10 musical artists who rejected songs that later turned into hits by someone else. From Celebuzz :
  • Leona Lewis recorded "We Found Love" before Rihanna, but didn't want to commit. "Mine's better," she says, although she
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Expendables 2 Limps Into 1st

Whitney Houston's last movie, 'Sparkle,' takes fifth

(Newser) - Seems Americans aren’t beating the heat in the cool refuge of movie theaters. Expendables 2 hobbled to No. 1 this weekend with $28.8 million, $6 million behind The Expendables' debut, despite having some extra star power (Liam Hemsworth and Chuck Norris are among the "newbies"). Bourne ... More »

Sparkle Worth It for Whitney

But it's no magnum opus

(Newser) - No one's going to call Sparkle a work of cinematic genius: It's a no-surprises remake about the struggles of a 1960s girl group. But if you're a Whitney Houston fan, it may be meaningful:
  • In the Washington Post , Ann Hornaday applauds the film. It "may have
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Whitney Houston's Family Gets Reality Show

'The Houston Family Chronicles ' will appear on Lifetime

(Newser) - A new reality show premiering on Lifetime will center on the late Whitney Houston's family and friends, reports the Los Angeles Times . The Houston Family Chronicles will star “those closest to the pop music icon as they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death,”... More »

Cops: No Charges in Whitney's Death

It's not a 'criminal matter,' says Beverly Hills department

(Newser) - Authorities have officially closed the investigation of Whitney Houston's death and will not be filing any charges, reports E! Online . "We have determined that this is not a criminal matter," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. That had been a possibility given the traces... More »

Whitney Houston's Body Covered With Scars

Missing 11 teeth; showed signs of heart, liver disease

(Newser) - Whitney Houston's troubled history was written on her body. A mix of scars, cuts, burns, and abrasions—most of them several years old—riddled the body of the 48-year-old singer, according to the coroner's report. Besides the burns she suffered during her death in a hotel bathtub and... More »

Houston Found With Burns, Bloody Nose

Singer drowned in hot water: final autopsy report

(Newser) - More tragic details from Whitney Houston's final autopsy report : The singer drowned in a bathtub, face down in "extremely hot" water, and had scalding burns on her body. Houston had complained of a sore throat before her death, and an assistant suggested a bath. The coroner's investigation... More »

Whitney Houston Had Drug Spoon in Room

She was found face down in the tub, says autopsy report

(Newser) - Whitney Houston's final autopsy report is out, filling in a few more unpleasant details about how she died. TMZ presents two telling quotes from the report:
  • "Located on the south portion of the counter was a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled
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