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With Oprah, Patricia Houston relives the day Whitney Houston died

March 12, 2012 |  4:13 pm

 

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.

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— Christie D'Zurilla
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Whitney Houston was 'coming through something,' hairstylist says

Whitney Houston in Zurich

Whitney Houston was not working on a comeback but rather a "come through," according to her hairstylist, Tiffanie Dixon, who described the late singer as "America's princess."

"We talked about it and she's like, 'I never went anywhere. It's a come through. I'm coming through something,' " Dixon told the "Today" show Friday.

Though it was first rumored that Dixon was the one who found Houston submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11, the hairstylist shot that story down. She said was coming to help Whitney get ready for Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party when she came upon the scene in the bathroom and saw her friend and employer "from afar," already pulled out of the tub.

"I saw that she was unresponsive, and I immediately turned around to get help," she said, noting that she tried to comfort a shocked Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston's daughter, in the hallway outside the room.

After the interview, Dixon thanked her Twitter followers for "your support and kind words," and noted she'd also be on "Dateline" on Friday night.

The cause of Houston's death has not been determined, though Beverly Hills police have said they do not believe foul play was involved. An autopsy was conducted, but results of toxicology and other tests are not yet in. After a funeral Feb. 18 in Newark, N.J., Houston was buried the next day at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., where her father is also interred.

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— Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville
Christie D'Zurilla on Google+

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