Whitney Houston’s death could not have happened without a coterie of enablers who catered to her every whim, even when she was self-destructive, charges Mark Bego, a writer and author who chronicled her career beginning in the 1970s.
In an exclusive interview with TheImproper, Bego drew parallels between Houston’s death and the demise of Elvis Presley and blues singer Billie Holiday.Behind the death for all three were “enablers” who lived off of and profited from their downfall.
“Certainly there is a strong parallel between Elvis and Whitney in that the met their demise with prescription drugs involved,” said Bego. “The fact is that they were both surrounded by an entourage of enablers and doctors who would give them whatever they wanted to ingest.”
Bego was working on a new book based on Houston’s disastrous 2010 comeback tour, when the 48-year-old singer died suddenly Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Although the cause of death has yet to be established, drugs and alcohol are suspected to be factors.
“I draw a strong parallel between Billie Holiday and Whitney,” said Bego. “They both had voices and images that defined their lives, and they both became addicted to their drug use and died in their 40s.”