What Really Killed Whitney

A home strewn with refuse and clothes, drugs paid for in cash, and a circle of opportunistic hangers-on—these were what Whitney Houston, one of the greatest vocalists of the past century, surrounded herself with as the singer neared the end of her life. Allison Samuels tells the heartbreaking tale in Newsweek of a talent overcome by addiction, of a New Jersey girl whose hard-partying ways made it impossible to maintain the record-label veneer forever. When the end came, Samuels writes, Houston was found as she’d been for much of the last years of her life—alone.