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Whitney Houston Dies: Reporters Weigh In On Houston's Final Days (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/13/2012 7:53 am Updated: 02/13/2012 10:45 am

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's death on Saturday shocked the world, including the reporters who had close interactions with the superstar just days before she was found in her hotel room bathtub.

On NBC's "Today," host Matt Lauer interviewed the Los Angeles Times' Gerrick Kennedy and Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson.

Kennedy said he had ran into Houston on Thursday at a Grammys-related press event. Kennedy described Houston's behavior as "a bit frantic," and said she was wandering around "aimlessly, almost like a child." He later added that Houston did appear in some video footage on Thursday because she was disruptive to some of the on-camera interviews that were occurring.

Kennedy also said that he could smell cigarettes and alcohol on Houston. Lauer asked how Grammy organizers reacted to Houston's behavior. Kennedy said that there was a bit of worry that reporters would file stories on Houston's state. According to Kennedy, the press that was present at the hotel refrained from doing so out of respect to Houston. "She was kind of there very low key," Kennedy said of Houston. "Yes, she was probably under the influence but you know she was not there for...this attention. She was there for Brandy and Monica. So we left it at that."

Robinson weighed in on her November interview with Houston, which turned out to be the superstar's last one-on-one interview ever. Houston was promoting her film "Sparkle," which is due out in August. Robinson said that Houston really seemed to have been doing better. "When I looked in her eyes I said, 'This is the time when Whitney Houston is going to come back. This is it.'"


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Some of Houston's most notable interview appearances:
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  • 'Sparkle'

    Houston sat down with Access Hollywood in November 2011 to talk about her upcoming film "Sparkle." The film is set to be released in August.

  • Drug Of Choice

    Oprah interviewed Houston in 2009. The pop icon detailed the extent of her drug use while she was with her ex-husband Bobby Brown.

  • 'Crack Is Whack'

    Houston was interviewed by ABC's Diane Sawyer in 2002.

  • 'I Look To You'

    Houston was interviewed by CNN in 2009 to talk about the release of what was widely considered her comeback album, "I Look To You."

  • 'My Music Speaks For Itself'

    Wendy Williams interviewed Houston in 2003 on WBLS-FM.

  • 'My Very Favorite Music, Gospel'

    Rosie O'Donnell interviewed Houston in 1996 before the release of "A Preacher's Wife."

  • Barbara Walters Special

    Barbara Walters interviewed Houston in 1993.

  • Bobby Brown 'Is A Good Man, So He's A Good Husband'

    Houston appeared on UK talk show "Des O'Connor Tonight" in 1992 before the release of "The Bodyguard."

  • 'I Still Don't Think I've Reached My Great Voice Potential'

    Houston was interviewed before the 1992 Grammy Awards by NBC News.

  • 'Either You Have It, Or You Don't'

    Houston was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine in 1986.


Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |