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Whitney Houston's Mystery Friend

Off the Hook

In 'Cocaine Cover-Up'

4/1/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Raffles van Exel
Whitney Houston
's close friend -- Raffles van Exel -- is "extremely relieved" he is not in the crosshairs of the Beverly Hills Police Department in the singer's death investigation.

Several reports were posted this week that someone removed cocaine from Whitney Houston's hotel room before authorities arrived, and the reports say cops were targeting van Exel.

The stories are not true, because we know authorities actually found cocaine in the Beverly Hilton hotel room and cops are satisfied they have all the evidence they need to close the case. 

Our sources assure us ... there is no investigation focusing on anyone removing evidence from the hotel room.

As for van Exel ... we're told he's going to the Beverly Hills PD next week with his lawyer to make sure they're square with him.

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16.

Manimal    

The cops swiped it.

913 days ago
17.

Good riddance!    

TMZ, in a remarkably ironic twist, manages to take a picture of Whitney's very last word. She screamed the word 'Cooooooke!' to her dea...er....friends in an answer to what she preferred as a pick-me-up-drink during a horrifically busy schedule. Amazing!

913 days ago
18.

jim3600    

Why did you choose this terrible picture of Whitney? It is so disrespectful. Yes she had a drug problem and paid with her life for it. It doesn't mean she isn't as worthy as anyone else. Please show some respect to a fellow human being.

913 days ago
19.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

I'm just relieved I don't have a name like "Raffles van Exel".

913 days ago
20.

Kevin    

That's the guy who sold Whitney's casket photo.

913 days ago
21.

dierdre    

This guy looks to me like a creep, and he probably is the one who gave Whitney Houston the coke....how long do we have to hear these stories?????? she did this to herself....and no one else should be to blame.....there are lots of enablers out there in hollywood, and everywhere... the woman did drugs....PERIOD....now everyone get on with their lives...ENOUGH ALREADY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TMZ;;;; YOU PEOPLE WILL NEVER CHANGE....

913 days ago
22.

Jackie    

"close friend"....doubt it...this guy is nothing but a pathetic blood sucker....he likes to hang around famous people and make sure everybody knows about it....I remember his name being linked to Michael Jackson at one point. This guy seems to pop up around celebs at just the right time...when something news worthy is going down...hmmmm makes you think. This guy is only in it for the come up...he wants to be famous really badly.....PATHETIC LOSER....>>>>>>BTW HE'S BEEN KNOWN TO SELL STORIES ABOUT THESE CELEBS TO THE TABLOIDS....FACT.

913 days ago
23.

Seldombinlaid    

Two things. Why would someone be worried if they were square with a police departmwnt unless they had something to worry about? #2 Why is there a picture of Kim Kardashian on these pages with scandal written across her face?

913 days ago
24.

Randall Walker    

ya'll know damn well van exel removed that cocaine from the hotel room. Ya'll (Tmz) just have a relationship with Van Exel. Don't believe me ask....Ray J!!!!!! The truth well come out regardless how often Tmz try's to cover it up. poor Whitney is dead all you guys want to do is cover a friends ass, instead of telling the truth.

913 days ago
25.

Randall Walker    

ya'll know damn well van exel removed that cocaine from the hotel room. Ya'll (Tmz) just have a relationship with Van Exel. Don't believe me ask....Ray J!!!!!! The truth well come out regardless how often Tmz try's to cover it up. poor Whitney is dead all you guys want to do is cover a friends ass, instead of telling the truth.

913 days ago
26.

rsmik    

He only removed his own stash.

913 days ago
27.

Tanya    

MOVE ON TMZ!!! WHO CARES!!!.....WHITNEY IS DEAD WE ALL KNOW WHY.....ADIOS!!!!!

913 days ago
28.

Harry    

how come tmz never mentioned this guys name once until he was "vindicated". When will they admit this guy is the douche that took the casket photos. Also he was in the room when she died and sent tmz fake death photos with Whitney under sheets being carried out when it was really boobi kristina who had fainted. This guy has been tmz's Hollywood source for years and now they protecting him. good to know tmz is affiliated with DRUG DEALERS.

913 days ago
29.

Sandra     

Love you TMZ but enough with Whitney and any related stories!! She killed herself !!! Please move on with something interesting!!

913 days ago
30.

keepinitrealincali    

The parent's of this parasite must have been drugged out themselves to have the mitigated gaul to give their spawn a goofy name like "Raffles." WTF????? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

913 days ago
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