‘Whitney Houston was murdered’: Private investigator claims he has video proving singer was killed by drug dealers
- Former police officer says 48-year-old died after racking up debts
- Medical examiner ruled she accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub
- She had taken cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs
- Paul Huebl believes troubled star was targeted by ‘high powered’ dealers
- Says they sent thugs to collect $1.5million debt she owed for drugs
- He claims marks on her body look like defensive wounds
Whitney Houston was murdered by drug dealers and a new surveillance video proves it, a Hollywood private investigator is claiming
Paul Huebl says he has turned over evidence to the FBI that shows the 48-year-old singer was killed over a drug debt in February.
The medical examiner ruled that she drowned in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel after taking a cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and several legal drugs.
Case closed: The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Whitney Houston’s death an accidental drowning after she was found dead in her bathtub
Tragedy: The 48-year-old singer’s body is carried to a hearse after her funeral in Newark, N.J., in February
The National Enquirer is reporting that Huebl believes the troubled star was targeted by several ‘high powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs.’
She owed $1.5million to dealers, according to some reports.
However, Huebl told MailOnline that he doesn’t know for certain that Houston was killed – only that evidence he collected could point in that direction.
He says that the star received a delivery of cocaine to her room the day before her death and could be heard saying, ‘I’m tired of this sh*t.’
He says the Houston had previously been subjected to harassment by dealers trying to collect on her debt.
Tragic: The troubled star had a potent cocktail of cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs in her system when she died at the Beverly Hilton hotel
Huebl says he obtained surveillance video that shows two unknown men who repeatedly went to the Beverly Hilton and integrated themselves into Houston’s entourage.
Private investigator: Paul Huebl, the man who is making the claims about Houston’s death, is a former police officer who became an actor
The private investigator claims these are the men who may have slipped into Houston’s hotel room and killed her.
He also disagrees with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s ruling that the star’s death was ‘accidental.’
‘Whitney’s body shows classic defense wounds that would have occurred while she was battling for her life,’ he said.
However, Huebl conceded that the marks on her hands and fingernails could have been obtained in some other ways and that they were only ‘suspected’ defensive wounds.
The private investigator said he also has evidence that Houston’s hotel room was ransacked, showing further hints of a violent struggle.
Huebl says he gave his evidence to the Chicago field office of the FBI in the hopes that the agency will open a criminal investigation.
‘I think that if you put all these things together, they do kind of spell homicide, with a big red capital “H,”‘ he told MailOnline.
The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A message left with Beverley Hills police was not immediately returned.
Heubl, a former Chicago police officer who became an actor after he retired, says he conducted the investigation after being hired by a client who did not believe the official reports on Houston’s death.
He believes Beverley Hills police did not fully investigate Houston’s death because they did not want to bring the negative attention to Beverly Hills or to the Beverly Hilton.
Huebl would not say who hired him.
Troubled: Whitney in February 2011 with daughter Bobbi Kristina, who appears to be struggling to cope with her mother’s death
Almost like she was beaten, and thrown into a bath too hot…
The London tabloid The Sun reported Sunday that the final autopsy report of legendary singer Whitney Houston has revealed a cocktail of illicit drugs, 11 missing teeth, a weakened coronary artery and “skin slippage” where scalding water burned her body as she lay in the bathtub where she died.
The bath water where Houston was found measured 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit six hours after her death, suggesting a temperature of as high as 150 degrees when she died.
The medical examiner’s report, the newspaper claimed, also revealed a perforated nasal septum caused by habitual cocaine use.
One coronary artery, according to the report, was found to have narrowed by 60 percent. And several scars indicated a series of plastic surgeries on her chest, stomach and left thigh.
Cocaine traces were found in her body, along with marijuana, the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and the muscle relaxant Flexeril. The autopsy also identified Benadryl and Ibuprofen in her system.
A cocaine-covered spoon was reportedly found in Houston’s Beverly Hills hotel suite after her death, along with rolled-up paper and powder cocaine on a mirror kept in a bathroom drawer. Medical examiners also noted an old puncture mark inside her left elbow.
The Sun reported speaking with sources who reported that a scar on her inner left forearm may have been the result of a self-inflicted wound.
According to The Sun, friends of the pop diva “claim she tried to slash herself to death in the toilets after seeing her on-off lover Ray-J chatting to other women.”
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Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, 18, appeared at the private viewing. It was the first time she saw her mother since she died.
Security was very tight around the funeral home in order to give the family privacy. Police closed down Martin Luther King Boulevard. Near the funeral home fans were not allowed near the inner perimeter that had been been set up around the church, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
The service inside was said to be sad, but at the same time celebratory, with Houston dressed in all white, her slender body not in a coffin, but fully displayed for family and friends who were sworn to secrecy.
“We want to keep it more peaceful and keep it quiet, and keep love and understanding and let’s keep the ministry of the music and what she meant,” family friend Steven Kahn told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.
As three limos pulled out of the funeral home with a police escort fans were pushed away and moved up the street behind barricades. According to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan, that’s when tempers started to flare.
“I’m a taxpayer in the city … born and raised in this city … They should stop treating us like animals. We’re taxpayers … We made this lady who she is today,” resident Floyd Bishop said.
“Cissy Houston should come out and wave to us and say thank you. She shouldn’t have them keep us away. We bought her music. We helped succeed in what she had done over the years,” added Charlene Williams.
“Taxpayers paying for all this, treating us like we’re from the street or something. Make no sense,” resident Shawn Holsted said.
Because of the Houston family’s request for privacy police have had no choice but to keep the crowds away. Many fans understood.
“She came back to her home and we love her for that,” Carol Ray said.
“We would like closer … We are here to honor her memory … She’s from Newark and East Orange so everybody knows and we want to give her that respect,” Estelle Buchanan said.
Later, the Houston family funeral director, Carolyn Whigham, hand-delivered a small, colorful brochure on the life of Houston to those that had gathered — a token of thanks for disappointed fans.
“C’mon fans, thank you, you’re more than welcome. This is what Whigham Funeral Home is doing on behalf, I believe, in giving,” she said.
Earlier Friday, fans were able to share their memories of Whitney Houston in a condolence book.
Following the private service on Saturday, Houston will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who was buried there in 2003.
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Fans and childhood friends who won’t be attending the funeral have been leaving heartfelt messages of sympathy outside the funeral home.
“It’s the least that I could do for her, just to say goodbye,” said fan Simone Mercury. “My last final goodbyes to her.”
The throngs of fans being kept out of the private funeral are people who traveled here from near and far, reports CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.
“Greatest singer in the world as far as I’m concerned. The least I could do, really, is come here and pay my respects,” said Peter Chamberlain of England.
“She will always be present in our hearts and so special,” added Sarah Brinson of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
Houston’s funeral will be a who’s who of Hollywood. Among the invited celebrities is Kevin Costner, who co-starred with the singer in “The Bodyguard,” her mentor Clive Davis, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, and Houston’s Ex Husband, Bobby Brown.
Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, is expected to sing. On Friday night, while pleasing a packed crowd inside Radio City Music Hall, the “Queen of Soul” sat behind a piano and gave a touching and heartfelt tribute to her goddaughter with her rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” reports CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.
Franklin will continue her emotional dedication at Houston’s funeral Saturday at the request Houston’s mother, Cissy.
A dress, shoes and picture of Whitney Houston on display outside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 (credit: Kathryn Brown/CBS 2)
The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church said the service will be similar to what Houston experienced as a child singing in the choir.
“This is a church and we’re going to have some church in the celebration,” said Pastor Joe A. Carter.
It’s a celebration that will steer clear of the cloud that engulfed Houston in recent years.
There is new video of a disheveled looking Houston outside a Los Angeles nightclub last Thursday and reports of hard partying at the Beverly Hilton, with the star drinking heavily as early as 10 a.m. on the Saturday before she died.
Police are looking at surveillance tapes and have subpoenaed Houston’s doctors.
A cause of death is listed as ”deferred” for now, pending toxicology reports.