With Oprah, Patricia Houston relives the day Whitney Houston died
Describing events the day Whitney Houston died brought sister-in-law Patricia Houston to the brink of tears in an "Oprah's Next Chapter" interview that aired Sunday night on OWN.
After a normal morning, Patricia, who was Whitney's manager, went to the singer's room to grab something pertaining to the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party to be held that night. "I heard screams and I saw the hairstylist drop to her knees, and I kept walking very slow," she told Oprah Winfrey, who led her gently but specifically through the events of what to that point had been "a usual day."
"A woman opened her door and said, 'Is everything all right?' I said, 'Dial 911,' and I just kept walking. I didn't run. ... I knew something was wrong."
Patricia rounded the corner to find Whitney's assistant Mary at the door screaming, "Oh my God."
"I told her to stop," she said, "I said, 'Calm down please, just calm down,'" still not knowing in full what was going on.
"When I got into the room, I saw my brother [Ray, a security guard] trying to revive her, to the point of exhaustion."
By then, the paramedics had arrived.
"I said, 'Ray, let it go.' They asked him to move. He was on his knees. He said, 'I tried.' He was so out of breath. I felt so badly for him. So badly for him."
Whitney Houston died Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton. She was found submerged in a bathtub at the hotel. No official cause of death has yet been determined, pending results of toxicology and other tests.