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Whitney Houston's death: Distraught Ray J mourns singer

February 12, 2012 |  9:24 am
Siblings Brandy and Ray J

A bleary-eyed Ray J was seen briefly inside the lobby of the Beverly Hilton on Sunday morning, surrounded by three companions.

The musical artist, who reportedly had been dating Houston on and off, had his hood on and was being consoled by others.

"Whitney dead," he repeated multiple times, as one friend grabbed him by the shoulders. "Whitney dead. We all gotta live with that."

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His companions pleaded with him to calm down, and a guest services clerk seemed at a loss as the artist made demands of the hotel's employees.

He continued, talking about "missed calls" from the deceased pop star. "We all gotta live with that."

Ray J was quiet but stern as he resisted his companions, dismissing their pleas with profanity.

Outside, much of the commotion from the night before had dissipated. Jazz music hummed lowly from the hotel lobby's speakers. Gone were the mourning fans and the first responders. All that was left was a smattering of news vans parked outside.  

Ray J and his group, two men and a woman, quickly left the lobby and went up in the hotel's elevator.

Asked for comment, one of his companions responded: "Nothing right now."


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Appreciation: A voice for the ages tarnished by addictions

-- Robert Faturechi at the Beverly Hilton

Photo: Siblings Brandy and Ray J in "A Family Business" on VH1. Credit: Piotr Sikora / VH1