Whitney Houston‘s sister-in-law Patricia Houston tells Oprah Winfrey the “handwriting was kind of on the wall” that the embattled singer would ultimately lose her battle with drugs and suffer a premature death.
“I would be kidding myself to say otherwise,” said Patricia, who’s married to Whitney’s brother Gary.
Patricia said in Whitney’s last days, the How Will I Know singer was making an effort to turn her life around and seemed to have her bad habits in check.
“Things were changing, very much so … it wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the latter days or anything like that,” she told Oprah. “It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things.
The talk show icon sat down with Patricia, who was Whitney’s manager, as part of her special Oprah’s Next Chapter, in which she also chats with Whitney’s 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina. In the chat, the teen will say how she wants her late mother to be remembered.
Houston was found dead at 48 February 11 at the Beverly Hills Hilton; autopsy results are pending.
Oprah’s Next Chapter airs at 9/8c this Sunday on OWN.