Dionne Warwick used to be the voice behind "I Say a Little Prayer" -- that awesome late '60s tune re-visited in My Best Friend's Wedding -- but these days, she's often referred to as Whitney Houston's cousin. And tonight she's sitting down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss what killed Whitney.
The official explanation won't be revealed until around March 23, when the toxicology test results are supposed to be finalized, according to CNN. But Warwick doesn't seem to have a problem positing some personal speculation on the ordeal. She's no doctor, of course, but Warwick said, "You know, in all honesty, I think she had a heart attack, that's what I think happened to her." Huh. Oookay.
No, it's not the "drug overdose" explanation everyone thought of immediately after Whitney's death hit the headlines. Warwick addressed those, saying, "I don't know if it's that or not. I think her heart just gave out." Even if it was just her heart, that could have been related to drugs. After all, years of substance abuse takes a major toll on your cardiovascular health.
Still, I feel like we should consider Warwick's comments a learning opportunity. To be a bit more fair when we hear about someone's death or someone going to rehab (Demi Moore? Demi Lovato!), etc. Sure, after following someone like Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse, it is so easy to just jump to conclusions and think we know exactly what was going on there. But we don't ... and probably won't. Who knows if Warwick even knows? Maybe she shouldn't be going on national TV and proclaiming the cause of death so fast.
Because I really believe most people's complete health history is seriously complex and highly personal. Some health challenges or habits we don't even reveal to our doctors. And public figures are even more secretive. After all, details about certain presidents' (like JFK) health battles are still trickling out years later!
I'm sure that within the coming weeks, we'll hear more about what caused Whitney's death, and the media will swarm on it. But even after toxicology test results come out, we should still try to wrap our heads around the idea that we may never know the whole story. And that's okay.
What do you think about Dionne Warwick's assertion that it was just a heart attack?
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