Whitney Houston: Nancy Grace speculates wildly on singer's death
HLN host Nancy Grace appeared on sister network CNN on Monday to discuss the death of pop star Whitney Houston. But her commentary quickly turned into wild speculation, causing CNN's more serious-minded anchors to hurry in to control viewer reactions.
While speaking to CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Grace admitted that the cause of Houston's death had not been determined, but she quickly began spinning out the possible future of the investigation, drawing parallels to Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.
"I'd like to know who was around her," Grace said. "Who, if anyone, gave her drugs following alcohol and drugs. And who let her slip, or pushed her, underneath that water?"
Though police revealed that Houston was found submerged in her bathtub and have conducted an autopsy, they have not released a cause of death. But they have begun investigating the prescription medicines found in her room. However, an investigation does not mean a conclusion, and Grace's speculations appeared to jump ahead in time.
"Apparently, no signs of force or trauma to the body," Grace continued. "Who let Whitney Houston go under her water?"
In an attempt to keep the discussion grounded in reality, Baldwin responded, "All excellent questions. Again, we don't know the cause of her death."
After the segment, CNN news anchor Don Lemon appeared on camera to conduct damage control. He told viewers that any discussion of Houston's prescription drugs contributing to her death should not be taken as fact. "This is not CNN's reporting," he said. "We don't know that to be true."
Grace has long held an unconventional role as a commentator on legal affairs. During the Casey Anthony trial, she campaigned nightly for Anthony's conviction. And after Anthony was acquitted, she railed against the jurors and defense attorneys. She did the same during the trial of physician Conrad Murray.
It appears, with the death of Whitney Houston, Nancy Grace has a new cause.
— Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Whitney Houston on "Good Morning America" in 2009. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press