Whitney Houston’s mom is opening up about her daughter’s death. In a “People” preview of Cissy Houston’s interview with My9 New Jersey’s “The 10 O’Clock News,” Cissy says she knows she “did the best” she could for Whitney, and she doesn’t blame herself for her daughter’s untimely passing. Cissy adds that she’s “very proud” of Whitney, explaining that Whitney “accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here” and that she was “a very wonderful person.” Cissy’s My9 interview is her first time speaking out about Whitney since Whitney died back in February. My9 will air the full interview today. (Post will be updated)

It appears as if Whitney Houston’s close friend Raffles van Exel no longer has to worry about being investigated by police. TMZ is citing sources who say authorities in Beverly Hills are not looking into van Exel for allegedly removing cocaine from Houston’s hotel room. Last week reports began surfacing that van Exel had removed drugs from the R&B icon’s room prior to police arriving on the scene. Cops did, however, find cocaine in the room, and believe they have all the evidence they need to close the case. While van Exel appears to be clear of any wrongdoing, he and his lawyer are reportedly meeting with Beverly Hills police this week to make sure he’s not in any possible trouble.

According to Forbes writer Roger Friedman (who first broke the story about van Exel), pictures of Whitney’s hotel room that were posted to TMZ shortly after her tragic February 11th death were sent in by van Exel, who probably received a sum of money for the photos, in addition to the rumored $500K he was paid by the Enquirer for the controversial casket photo.

But one of the pictures he sold to the website, which allegedly showed Houston’s body covered with a white sheet on a gurney being taken out of the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night of her death is a fake.

In fact, the “body” in the photo isn’t even Whitney’s body at all. It’s her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who was rushed to the hospital twice shortly after her mother’s death, and covered her face with the white sheet to avoid unnecessary media attention.

Regarding the other pictures, showing Houston’s last meal and the bathtub where her body was found, was also sent in by van Exel, who was one of the only three people who had access to the room, including Pat Houston and her husband Gary (Whitney’s brother and sister-in-law/manager).

Many believe Pat Houston is in on Raffles van Exel’s cashing in on Whitney’s death since she is the one who is basically giving this guy an all access pass to all things Whitney.

Though van Exel isn’t a family member, he traveled with the Houstons from L.A. to New Jersey on Tyler Perry’s private jet, was invited to both viewings AND the private burial, and apparently he also had access to the hotel suite where Whitney died.

$500,000 (plus the TMZ cash) is a lot of money and we have a strange feeling Pat Houston pocketed some of that too.

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