Using a lick of common sense, this week’s In Touch Weekly, Us Weekly, Star and People Magazine opted for a Whitney Houston tribute rather than opting for the easy, lazy sell of another Kim Kardashian cover or lies about Angelina Jolie’s non-existent wedding plans.
* This week’s In Touch Weekly cover reads “Whitney Houston 1963-2012: She Could Have Been Saved… Hours before her death, she told her mother she’d go back to rehab, but wanted to enjoy herself one last time. Just days away from help, why the lonely star gave in to her tragic addictions.” The story claims “Less than half an hour after that emotional phone call, Whitney was found dead in her hotel bathroom at the age of 48… Instead of turning to her friends and loved ones, Whitney tried to ease her nerves with alcohol and prescription drugs; a very bad idea.”
* Us Weekly’s cover reads: “Whitney’s Sad Final Days: Drug binges, a booze-fueled fight, her last hours at the hotel; Partying With Her Daughter; ‘Don’t Remember Me Like This,’ Her Haunting Plea Days Before… Bobbi Kristina on suicide watch.” The story claims “Decades of risk-taking catch up with pop legend Whitney Houston.” She went from being a “light” user to a “heavy” one, after marrying Bobby Brown, and in her final years she’d become worse still. Her last meal was hamburger, fries, a turkey sandwich and jalapeños. Childhood friend Robyn Crawford is a named souce saying “She was the action, for such a long time. She’s out of the action now. I hope she can finally rest.”
* Star’s cover reads “Whitney’s Final Cry For Help: ‘Don’t Let Me Die,’ Her drug dealer tells all, she spent $7 million on cocaine; She died HERE (a photo of the bath tub in which she died, in room 434 of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with the water still in it); Cops investigate, 8,000 pills in six-months; Plus her violent nights with Ray J.” The story claims “Whitney Houston finally fell victim to her demons, despite a heartbreaking last-minute cry for help,” and the tabloid has those “drug den” photos from the 2006. Also, her supposed dealer gives an anecdote from August 2010 in which Houston caught Bobbi Kristina Brown smoking weed and went “completely out of her mind,” to which her daughter replied “All you care about is your little white friend (cocaine).” In claims that too-closely echo the death of Michael Jackson, supposedly, as the 911 call was placed from the hotel “aides cleaned the room of the cocaine stash Whitney had on hand,” but cops did find lorazepam, Valium, Xanax… ibuprofen… Midol… amoxicillin and sleeping meds. A source estimates Houston took “8,000 pills in six months,” as the tabloid rehashes “Whitney & Bobby’s Toxic Love.” And there are other source accounts as an “Insiders tell Star Whitney was abusing cocaine, Oxycontin and alcohol as well,” and Houston’s make-up artist, Reginald Dowdley, is a named source saying: “She seemed good and vibrant and full of life… She had no idea that this was going to happen… I was on my way to her hotel to do her makeup when I got the phone call. It was so unexpected.”
* People’s cover reads “Triumph & Tragedy Whitney Houston 1963-2012; Her Life In Pictures, Her Final Days.” A record executive source tells the magazine: “She was in pain from living almost a double life. She wanted to be down with her community. That’s who she really was. But because of her career, she also had to portray this pure pop princess in gorgeous gowns, singing songs the white community adored.”
Side note: Houston also covers National Enquirer. However, Enquirer’s cover includes a reenactment of Houston’s final moments in a story that also tries to take credit for predicting her death.