Whitney Houston's long battle with drugs and addiction
Dr. Keith Ablow and E! News' Ken Baker discuss tragic loss
- Duration 6:12
- Date Feb 13, 2012
Dr. Keith Ablow and E! News' Ken Baker discuss tragic loss
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I was just like everyone has to do when she came out of the box in the eighties -- -- it was last it was like Lena Horne -- -- sensibility of the soul singer you know she just really had at all and then you know we'll see you back quite yet as well so.
I mean I love that I just wanna dance to somebody and saving -- my love that got me.
And then I'll ever hits but I'm telling -- I will always love you just that was Adam and I still tear up here.
Yeah everybody -- is such an incredible song and she will be remembered.
For all of the incredible music that you -- that was that country music star Bonnie rate of course mourning the loss of the legendary icon Whitney Houston.
The Carter we heard -- moments ago he says they will not release the exact cause of her death.
We're not gonna get any -- is probably for the next 48 hours or so according to the car there although reports -- circulated that Houston's long battle.
With drugs and addiction may have certainly played a role in all of this I think everybody is assuming at this point that that did play a role we will see.
I'm joined now by doctor keep that -- he is a forensic psychiatrist and member of our Fox News medical -- team.
And Ken baker is the chief news our correspondent at.
Can let me start with you thanks to add to both of you for being here today.
It can give us a little bit the history you know remind us of the ups and downs that Whitney Houston has had.
Over the last several years.
-- ups and downs to be a great way to describe it I mean as much of an artistic genius says she was she did have her personal struggles.
She was checked into rehab at least three times that we know love.
The first time in that sometime around 2000 to 2003 actually 2004 sorry.
And that she was in and out a few times just a recent.
She was checked in an April we don't know how long she spent in rehab.
She -- an interview -- Oprah Winfrey just a few years -- on which she admitted to cocaine use she admitted to struggle with addiction she said it had taken over her life.
Now of course as you said.
We don't know the cause of death we can't jump to any conclusions we don't know if this addiction issue didn't lead to her death or not it could be just -- horrific accident.
She didn't have -- personal struggles.
And that's something that along with her genius people are acknowledging in the context of her -- -- knowing that -- acknowledging the context that.
She did have.
A major major issue with this and you know we're gonna find out within the next four to six weeks -- these toxicology reports come back.
It you know doctor keep let me bring you land on has it ever remember when she started dating Bobby Brown it was sort of shocking it was like this weird.
You know -- because everybody thought she was such a good -- -- -- this great you know gospel singing upbringing in Newark, New Jersey and then suddenly she was dating this really you know sort of rough and tumble guy it's -- like an odd combination.
And keep you know for better or worse is blamed in many ways after -- for.
Kind of you know bringing our data is starting her on this spiral can somebody do that to somebody else -- -- was a dinner to Begin -- you -- Well there are unhealthy alliance is in love as there are in business people can either bring out the best -- -- or the worst and you.
Absolutely so if people feel that he contributed to her downfall.
They could be right I mean these things happen but I'll also say this you can have tremendous gets in the world you can have what seems like a god given talent.
That doesn't confer immunity in terms of feeling emotionally fragile in terms of depression in terms of drug addiction.
And I just wish there when folks are her on this latest downward spiral when they said that she looked not herself.
Here's my message when people seem as though they're not able to care for themselves.
Take -- could take control step in and freedom essentially like kids you have to hospitalize them against their will.
But -- as we all -- that can be very tough to do especially when as a percent of her stature.
Who's used to going our way.
And can you know her daughter Bobbi -- there were reports that they were out sort of you know -- night on the town together.
Recently and that she's devastated of course as any young girl would be.
And a loss of by loss of her mother.
Yeah but I just so playoff where techies there's -- saying.
You know actually -- career and her life seemed to be on an uptick.
And I she'd just in the fall she really is starring in day at least they were shooting her first movie since the mid ninety's she -- -- -- -- she was helping produce it.
He actually been recording.
People said she was very upbeat all week we saw her in Los Angeles and that she seemed to be having a -- You know I feel like -- -- -- -- -- out cancer -- and NSA with Michael Jackson is like well he was dancing he was going on this world tour and they look at the other side and you know you can't your eyes don't fool you when you see in of people falling down and literally unable to function there's something going on there tactic -- Yet and look there's this secondary gain for lots of people around famous people there's a sense hey maybe it should be hands off after -- we're dealing with the Ferrari here.
Not a -- so she's gonna 150 miles an hour maybe it's okay hey it's not okay.
Real friends step in.
Real relatives go to court.
They get court orders to have you -- was against your well it doesn't matter to me if my -- a star in the future she's going to detox if -- using drugs I don't care.
Ken final -- you know as you look back you met her you interviewed her as a tragic loss.
Absolutely and I was on the red carpet all day yesterday at the grammys and you know is really -- dark cloud over the entire proceedings.
She was a legend she was an icon right out of the gate you have to remember.
1985 she broke out seven consecutive number one hits she sold over 200 million albums in today's day and age of digital downloads.
That's never going to happen again and -- the loss is profound.
And are your condolences just have to go out to the family right now.
And what it you know you talk about god given talent what a voice last night I was on YouTube with my kids can I just wanted -- to hear her in her prime they have because she was so incredible -- And even you -- some of those ways honesty is last -- for the -- is that you know as wonderful as they are they could not touch her I mean she.
Was incredible and her -- so.
Our hearts go out there brilliantly and her friends and all of her fans after -- and Ken baker thank you so much for being able.