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Stella exclusive: Whitney Houston appeared to be ‘on something’ in hotel bar, eyewitness says

Updated: February 12, 2012 7:02PM

Whitney Houston’s startling death Saturday might have been foreshadowed by her behavior during the week leading up to it.

An eyewitness tells me the singer was in a curious state at the Beverly Hilton hotel Wednesday.

The source was in the Hilton bar that afternoon when Houston appeared with daughter Bobbi Kristina, 19, and close friend hip-hop artist Ray J.

Although Houston was dressed nicely — wearing black skinny jeans and a white blouse — her hair was messed up and standing on end.

“She appeared to be on something,” my source said.

Houston drew attention to herself as she walked up a couple of stairs that led to the bar.

“She stumped up the stairs,” my source said, and “she loudly plopped down” in a leather chair. But then Ray J grabbed her and they went and sat at a table behind a pillar. They ordered drinks, and then Houston got on her cell phone.

“Whitney gets on her cell phone and she is pacing back and forth in the middle of the bar area,” my source said.

After hanging up, Houston appeared happy.

“She looked at Ray J and smiled and they literally skipped away,” my source said.

My source was back at the hotel Saturday afternoon when she saw Ray J quickly approach Bobbi Kristina in the lobby.

“Bobbi Kristina lets out a loud scream,” my source said. “Ray J was trying to hold Bobbi. He was apparently trying to console her.”

Two police cars pulled up to the hotel, followed by two ambulances.

A short time later my source heard that Houston had been pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

“More than likely Ray J told Bobbi Kristina her mother had died,” my source said.

Houston’s bodyguard found her body, Ray J’s publicist told CNN.

The fourth floor at the hotel was closed off, my source said, as celebrities and others began arriving for a pre-Grammy party thrown by Houston’s mentor, Clive Davis. Davis told the Associated Press that Houston was supposed to attend — and might have took to the stage before the night was done.

Houston’s cause of death is still unknown.

Stella’s take: I’m so sad to report this story, but it also speaks to the tragedy of so many artists that fall victim to substance abuse. There will never be another Whitney Houston. The world has lost a tremendous artist. It’s a sad ending to a beautiful person who gave so much to the music industry. She will be missed.

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