John Houston Dies...
Whitney Houston's Father Dies
John Houston, the father of singer Whitney Houston and a theatrical manager
since the early days of R&B, died Sunday (Feb. 2) after a long battle with diabetes
and heart disease. He was 82. Houston died at a New York hospital, a family spokesperson
said, noting that his health had been deteriorating for several years.
Well before his daughter's rise to fame, Houston managed the career of her mother and his
ex-wife, Cissy Houston. She sang with the Sweet Inspirations, a backing vocal group to
artists including Aretha Franklin.
Relations between Houston and his daughter, who has acknowledged having drug problems,
took an especially awkward turn recently when his company, John Houston Entertainment LLC,
sued her for $100 million. The suit sought compensation for helping to get a marijuana
charge against her dismissed and for getting her a new record contract.
Houston even made a public appeal to his daughter in an interview with the syndicated TV
news magazine "Celebrity Justice" in December: "You get your act together,
honey, and you pay me the money that you owe me."
Houston was born in Trenton, N.J., on Sept. 13, 1920, and was living in Fort Lee when he
died, Seltzer said. His theatrical management agency was based in Newark, the city where
his daughter was born. In addition to his daughter and wife, Peggy, Houston is survived by
NEWSFILE: 4 FEBRUARY 2003