Whitney Houston hid her drug habit from her friends and family in the weeks before her tragic death, claims her pal and entertainment consultant Raffles van Exel.
Whitney Houston – who had a history of substance abuse – was found dead in the bath tub of her hotel room in February after suffering a huge heart attack partly brought on by her cocaine abuse but those close to her thought she had been clean for two years.
Raffles van Exel said: “Whitney was good at hiding her drug habit. I honestly thought she was clean in the two years before she died. Yes, she would have the occasional drink. And I knew she was taking painkillers and the anxiety drug Xanax. But I never suspected she was using hard drugs.
“It really shocked me when I found that out. And actually it made me quite mad because I thought, <<Whitney, you had us all fooled>>. Everyone thought Whitney was in a good place and we never imagined anything like this was going to happen.”
Whitney Houston hid her drug habit from her friends and family in the weeks before her tragic death, claims Raffles van Exel
However, Raffles van Exel said Whitney Houston – who had been using cocaine at the time of death – had a premonition she was going to die.
He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “But looking back, Whitney seemed to have a premonition about her death. She started carrying a Bible around everywhere she went and would read from it all the time.
“Also, she kept talking about <<leaving>> America. I thought she meant she was going to Switzerland, where she had talked about living, but now I realize she meant she was leaving this world.”
Raffles Van Exel, Whitney Houston’s associate, will be questioned by Beverly Hills Police Department, according to new reports.
After Whitney Houston was found lifeless in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled her official cause of death was accidental drowning due to the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.
However, police are now keen to speak with Raffles Van Exel – a member of the star’s entourage – after he admitted to cleaning out the hotel room immediately after she passed away, allegedly removing vital evidence about Whitney Houston’s drug use from the premises.
A law enforcement source told RadarOnline.com: “Whitney’s family, including her sister-in-law Pat Houston had absolutely no idea that Whitney was using drugs again. The family has been extremely cooperative and they have been told that investigators want to speak to Raffles Van Exel about allegedly removing evidence from Whitney’s hotel room.
“The cops want to know who provided Whitney with the cocaine, but if someone tampered with the death scene, well, that could be against the law in California. Investigators have tried to make contact with Van Exel, but have been unable to do so.
“Since Van Exel is from Denmark, investigators assume that he may no longer be in the United States, and they very much want to talk to him.”
Police is keen to speak with Raffles Van Exel, a member of Whitney Houston's entourage, after he admitted to cleaning out the hotel room immediately after she passed away
Raffles Van Exel reportedly told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf he cleaned out Whitney Houston’s hotel room after she died, removing clothes and belongings and sweeping the floor.
Rffles Van Exel said: “Someone had to do it. The room was empty.”
Whitney Houston’s family recently admitted they were “saddened” to learn cocaine had played a part in her sudden death.
Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, said: “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”
Raffles van Exel is the person who leaked the casket photo of Whitney Houston, personnel at Whigham Funeral Home claimed.
Raffles van Exel isn’t anyone famous or important in the industry, he was just part of various celebrities entourages the UrbanDaily reports.
According to reports on Forbes.com, Riffles van Exel was at two private casket viewings at the funeral home. Employees of Whigham Funeral Home noticed Raffles van Exel as soon as he walked in because he was the only non-family member allowed in the private viewing. It is said he also traveled with the family from Los Angeles to New Jersey on a private jet. He was even provided with his own bodyguard.
Whigham Funeral Home personnel alerted Whitney Houston’s family of Raffles van Exel when the National Enquirer ran the leaked photo on their cover. A source said the Houstons didn’t do anything about Raffles van Exel once they learned of the funeral home’s suspicions. Some of the Whigham employees believe the family is protecting him.
Raffles van Exel is the person who leaked the casket photo of Whitney Houston, personnel at Whigham Funeral Home claimed
Despite the shock of Whitney Houston’s death, Raffles van Exel still made it downstairs to Clive Davis’s party. He was dressed in formal wear, had Whitney Houston’s tickets in his hand, and intended to sit at her table. Just inside the ballroom he was comforted by celebrities to whom he related his story: “I found Whitney.”
Gayle King hugged him. Quincy Jones listened patiently to his story. A security guard said later: “Well, he was up there.” He was also hanging around with Whitney Houston all week prior to her death. On Tuesday when she emerged from a nightclub, looking disheveled, Raffles van Exel appears in a photograph on TMZ like a deer in headlights. He is standing right behind Whitney Houston in a powder blue suit.
Raffles van Exel took Twitter and wrote: “STOP reading the stupid blogs.. Whitney had a great time, she looked amazing. Nothing was wrong, it was just DAMN hot in that club.”
But who is Raffles van Exel?
Raffles van Exel is one of Hollywood’s mysteries. He was first seen in 2005 hanging around the Jackson family during Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial.
After Michael Jackson went abroad, Raffles van Exel was often seen with Michael’s father, Joseph Jackson. He trades on being an “insider” when there’s a scandal. No one really knows him, but he’s always where there’s action and celebrities.
On the internet, Raffles van Exel claims to own a number of companies including Raffles Entertainment.
He was also been sued a couple of times, once by a partner in something called Max Records, Inc., and once by a private aviation company in Los Angeles.
On Twitter Raffles van Exel claims to be managing Chaka Khan. There are plenty of pictures of him on the internet with celebrities.
Raffles van Exel can be seen with everyone from Magic Johnson to Sandra Bullock.
Raffles van Exel came forward, claiming that he wiped Whitney Houston’s hotel room clean of any evidence that would lead to suspicion of illegal activity, Celebuzz reported.
According to a translation of Dutch newspaper The Telegraph, Raffles van Exel came forward four days after Whitney Houston’s death, admitting that he cleaned her hotel room, although he has not revealed what exactly he removed from the scene.
“The room had to be emptied,” Raffles Van Exel, who calls himself a “highly respected entertainment consultant,” told The Telegraph.
“Someone had to do it,” Raffles van Exel told the newspaper.
Raffles Van Exel stopped short of telling The Telegraph what exactly he removed from the suite.
Last week, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office declared whitney Houston, 48, died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub with the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”
Sources tell Celebuzz that Beverly Hills police are still investigating how Whitney Houston acquired the drugs that contributed to her death and whether they were hidden from police and first responders.
Raffles van Exel came forward four days after Whitney Houston's death, admitting that he cleaned her hotel room, although he has not revealed what exactly he removed from the scene
No cocaine or drug paraphernalia were found in the suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
However, Whitney Houston’s cocaine use appeared to have occurred “in the time period just immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the hotel,” Chief Coroner Craig Harvey said when he announced the findings of his report, last week.
“[Houston’s case] is still an open investigation for us… I can’t disclose any details about the investigation,” BHPD Lt. Mark Rosen told People on March 23.
In various media released, Raffles Van Exel, a Dutch national, touts himself as a “highly respected entertainment consultant” who has “guided some of the world’s most acclaimed executives and celebrities.”
Whitney Houston’s bodyguard found the singer unresponsive in her hotel bathtub on Feb. 11. Since her passing, the headlines have focused on Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who is rumored to be carrying on a romantic relationship with unofficially adopted brother, Nick Gordon.
Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown has also been at the center of much media scrutiny, most recently he was arrested and released later for an alleged DUI in Los Angeles on Monday.