Dionne Warwick On What She Thinks Killed Whitney Houston

Dionne Warwick sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about her cousin Whitney Houston’s death. She tells ET what she thinks really killed the late singer: “You know, in all honesty, I think she had a heart attack, that’s what I think happened to her.” When asked whether she believed drugs played a role in the death. “I don’t know if it’s that or not. I think her heart just gave out.”

Dionne reveals the moment she was called to the hotel where Whitney died without knowing the reason. “I got the phone call, my, my youngest son called me and said that Patti just called him and asked where I was. And he says she’s here in LA, and in no uncertain terms, get her here to the hotel now and nothing said about anything, but just get her here…And when I got there, it was not a pleasant arrival, you know it was just not to be believed and still is not to be believed, I’m still struggling with that, very, very much. That, um, this wonderful young lady is no longer with us, physically, but emotionally, her spirit will run around this world for the rest of our lives and all of those who thought of her in that fashion. They’ll always remember her, you know, she was a good girl, she really was a good little girl.”

She also spoke about accompanying Whitney’s body aboard the plane that was loaned to the family by Tyler Perry. “It was a combination of things, stories, laughter, tears. All the emotions that you feel when somebody very near to you passes.”