Bill O'Reilly used some rather harsh words to describe the shocking death of singer Whitney Houston on his Fox News show Monday night.
Houston, who died on Saturday in her hotel room, struggled with drug addiction for the latter part of her life. She infamously told Diane Sawyer that she made "too much money to ever smoke crack," and detailed her extensive drug use in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. She attempted to stage a few comebacks in recent years, but repeatedly succumbed to her addiction.
O'Reilly described Houston as one of the most successful singers of all time who, like so many pop stars, was an addict. O'Reilly's main point of the discussion was to describe the danger associated with drugs and criticize those who, according to O'Reilly, advocate for its legalization. He was, however, quite tough on the singer and her addiction.
"Whitney Houston wanted to kill herself. Nobody takes drugs for that long if they want to stay on the planet. She follows in the footsteps of Elvis, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, and scores of other entertainment figures. The hard truth is that some people will always want to destroy themselves, and there's nothing society can do about it," O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly later added that "the doctor who prescribed those drugs for Whitney Houston had to know she was a drug addict. Everybody knew that. Yet an M.D. apparently gave her powerful, legal narcotics. The same thing happened to Michael Jackson."
View some of Houston's most notable interview appearances below:
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