Whitney Houston's friend is writing a book about her. Gospel singer BeBe Winans - who performed at the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker's funeral in February - will release The Whitney I Knew
on July 31, with the tome including never-previously seen photographs of the pop superstar. Whitney - who had a history of substance abuse problems - was found dead in the bath of her Beverly Hills hotel room in February and BeBe has promised to use the book to reveal "heart-breaking accounts that led to her ultimate defeat." It was also recently confirmed that Whitney's mother Cissy Houston will release a book about her daughter next February. She has signed a multi-million dollar deal to write with "candor, honesty and respect" about her daughter.
Gospel singer Cissy said: "When I lost my daughter Nippy [the nickname Whitney's family gave her], the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman. In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story."