Whitney Houston's sister-in-law just got a year's worth of peace of mind ... a judge has just ordered Whitney's son-in-law Nick Gordon to stay clear of her for the next year.
We broke the story ... Pat Houston got a restraining order against Nick last month ... claiming he made threatening comments against her and posted ominous photos of guns on Twitter.
Now a judge has extended the order for 12 months, so Nick can't contact Pat or anyone in her immediate family ... he comes within 200 yards -- he goes to jail.
The bad blood is long-standing. Family members tell us Nick resents Pat because she controls the purse strings of Whitney's estate ... and he thinks his wife Bobbi Kristina got screwed on her inheritance.
We reached out for comment ... so far, no response.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
9/21/2013 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After Whitney Death Jokes
9/19/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J went ballistic on cops after they allegedly made jokes about Whitney Houston's dead body ... TMZ has learned.
Ray J -- who was romantically linked to Whitney in the months preceding her death -- was outside the suite where she died as cops and paramedics did their thing inside. Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Ray J heard a "disrespectful comment" about Whitney followed by loud laughter, and it angered him so he tried to crash the room but he was restrained.
Our sources say Ray J went nuts a second time after hearing more laughter, and after another failed attempt to gain entry he was removed from the floor.
TMZ broke the story ... the night Whitney died ... someone connected to Whitney complained bitterly to family and others that an emergency responder was "talking trash" about Whitney's body and that the responder had done something with a sheet.
Our information seems to give credence to a Beverly Hills cop who filed a complaint with the CA Labor Dept., claiming his sergeant pulled the sheet covering WH's body below her pubic area and said, "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?"
Law enforcement sources tell us the allegation is bogus and the cop never uttered a word about this to his superiors.
As for Ray J ... we tried contacting him but were unsuccessful.
Corroboration Over Pervy Comment About Whitney's Dead Body
9/18/2013 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a new twist in the story that a Beverly Hills cop allegedly made disgusting comments about Whitney Houston's body the night she died -- because TMZ has learned someone in the room complained bitterly after it happened.
The situation came to light when a Beverly Hills cop filed a complaint with the CA Labor Dept. claiming his sergeant pulled the sheet covering WH's body below her pubic area and said, "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?"
Law enforcement sources tell us the allegation is bogus and that the cop did not complain.
But now we've learned from sources familiar with the situation ... someone connected to Houston complained bitterly to family and others the night she died that a responder was "talking trash" about Whitney's body and that the responder had done something with a sheet.
Our information is no more specific ... but it tracks with what the disgruntled cop is now saying.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Beverly Hills PD never received a complaint from the cop who went to the Labor Dept. ... and only learned about the allegation this week.
Cop Claims Sgt.
Ogled Her Naked Dead Body
9/18/2013 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Beverly Hills cop allegedly sneaked a peek at Whitney Houston's dead body and then ogled out loud ... but law enforcement sources tell us the allegation is bogus.
The incident allegedly occurred in the Beverly Hilton Hotel suite where Houston was found dead in a bathroom back in February, 2012.
Officer Brian Weir claims the Sergeant removed the sheet covering the body below her genitals and blurted out, "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" For bad measure the cop allegedly added she "looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state."
Now here's what's suspicious ... Officer Weir filed a complaint with the California Department of Labor, claiming the Beverly Hills Police Dept. retaliated against him for lodging a complaint against the Sgt. and says he was removed from his position with the SWAT and K-9 Units.
Weir says he complained to his supervisor shortly after Houston died. But law enforcement sources tell us ... Weir NEVER uttered a peep about the alleged incident. There is NO record of any complaint ... period. We're told cops didn't ever know Weir had beef until they heard about it Monday.
One law enforcement source calls Weir's complaint "sour grapes."
Weir says he's been harassed and stripped of privileges since allegedly reporting the incident. But our sources say it's a bogus claim.
Tombstone Etched with
Most Famous Lyrics
7/15/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When you think of Whitney Houston you think ... "I Will Always Love You" -- and now you always will, because it's engraved on her tombstone.
Whitney's grave at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey was finally given a headstone last week, after sitting vacant since her death in 2012.
The epitaph on the new heart-shaped marker reads: "Whitney E. Houston Aug. 9, 1963 -- Feb. 11 2012 ... THE VOICE ... 'I Will Always Love You'."
Interestingly, while Whitney made "I Will Always Love You" famous in "The Bodyguard" -- it was written, and originally performed, by Dolly Parton.
If you're thinking they should've gone with lyrics from "Greatest Love of All" ... "Saving All My Love for You" ... or "I'm Every Woman" -- yeah, she didn't write those either.
Whitney is buried next to her father ... per her wishes.
BLASTS Cissy Houston ...
Don't Buy Her Book!
2/2/2013 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bobbi Kristina is on a mission to make sure grandma Cissy Houston's new tell-all book crashes and burns -- by BOYCOTTING it altogether and pleading with her fans to do the same.
Cissy released a book this week called "Remembering Whitney" -- which is all about Whitney Houston's life -- and made the rounds on a slew the talk shows promoting the hell out of it.
But Bobbi wasn't too happy, tweeting to her 119,000 plus followers, "Anything concerning my grandmother's book, I and @nickgordon of course personally have nothing to with."
She continues, "I haven't read and won't ... I find it to be disrespectful to my mother and me being her daughter won't tolerate it."
FYI -- Cissy was on Oprah earlier this week (again promoting the book) and admitted her relationship with BK was strained ... and admitted she knew that Bobbi didn't want the book written.
Whitney Houston's Brother
I Got Whitney
Hooked On Crack
1/29/2013 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's brother says HE'S to blame for introducing the singer to drugs like crack cocaine back in the '80s ... not Bobby Brown ... and last night he came clean to Oprah.
Michael Houston sat down with his mother Cissy and spilled his guts to Her Royal O-ness on "Oprah's Next Chapter" ... admitting he was the first person who did drugs with Whitney.
Michael says he feels extremely guilty for Whitney's death -- but says he didn't realize how deadly drugs could be when he first brought them to Whitney's doorstep ... explaining, "You gotta understand at the time ... the '80s ... it was acceptable."
Houston adds, "It's painful ... I feel responsible for what I let go so far."
Whitney died in Beverly Hills last February after a drug binge that included cocaine, Xanax and marijuana.
The 911 Call
'Apparently She's Not Breathing'
4/11/2012 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston's body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11.
The caller -- who IDs himself as a member of the Beverly Hilton security team -- informs the 911 operator about a "46-year-old female found in the bathroom."
He adds, "I'm not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water."
The caller says he was alerted to the situation by an "irate" woman who called security from the room ... but he couldn't get much info from her because she kept hanging up.
The security member -- who never identifies Whitney by name -- tells the operator he was under the impression the 46-year-old woman was not breathing.
The 911 operator says emergency personnel would be dispatched to the hotel ASAP ... but it was too late.
As we previously reported, Whitney's official cause of death is listed as "accidental drowning" -- but heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. According to the final autopsy report, Whitney may have overdosed.
According to the L.A. County Coroner, Whitney's chronic use of the drug caused a narrowing of her arteries, which resulted in a cardiac event before her death.
L.A. Coroner's Whitney Report
Drug Spoon & Coke Found,
4/5/2012 2:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A "spoon with a white crystal-like substance on it" and a "white powdery substance" -- which we know was later tested and determined to be cocaine -- was found in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died ... this according to the singer's final autopsy report.
The report, which gives a detailed description of Whitney's room when officials arrived, says "Located on the south portion of the counter was a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper, along with other miscellaneous items."
"Located in the top drawer, in the north side of the counter were remnants of a white powdery substance, and a portable mirror on a base." Officials found more white powder on the base of the mirror.
The report also states, "[Whitney] possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol."
According to the report, Whitney's body was discovered FACE DOWN in the bath tub ... with a "bloody purge coming from her nose." Officials say there were no signs of foul play.
The report notes Whitney had a history of substance abuse ... which was evident by a "perforation of posterior nasal septum."
The singer's official cause of death is listed as accidental drowning -- but heart disease and "chronic" cocaine use were contributing factors.
The report notes ... when officials discovered the body, Whitney was wearing a brown wig "tightly attached to the hair."
As TMZ previously reported, Whitney had cocaine in her system at the time of her death -- which tests showed she used immediately prior to her death.
Officials say Houston also had traces of marijuana in her system ... as well as Xanax (anxiety medication), Flexeril (muscle relaxer) and Benadryl (allergy medication).
As we previously reported, Whitney was found dead in a bathtub on Feb.11 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Whitney's Death Room Door
STRIPPED Of Its Identity [PHOTO]
3/26/2012 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 4th floor Beverly Hilton hotel room where Whitney Houston died is officially off the radar -- after hotel staff removed the infamous door number ... 434 ... and TMZ has photo evidence.
Sources tell TMZ, the number was removed shortly after she died -- after scores of prospective hotel guests called to request the room.
A rep for the hotel tells us, the number was removed because the room has been taken out of circulation. So far, there are no plans to make the room available to future hotel guests.
Whitney Houston's Death
Who's to Blame?
3/25/2012 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The L.A. County Coroner's findings on Whitney Houston's death has not settled the case -- by a long shot. Fingers are pointing in all directions, casting blame.
So we gotta ask ...
L.A. County Coroner
Whitney Was Coked Up
At Time of Death
3/22/2012 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An official for the L.A. County Coroner's Office just stated ... Whitney Houston used cocaine immediately prior to her death.
Coroner Chief Craig Harvey just held a news conference -- claiming the toxicology results suggested Whitney was a "chronic" cocaine user.
Harvey described the cocaine level in Whitney's system as "acute" -- indicating Whitney used the drug not long before she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel last month. "Accidental drowning" is listed as Whitney's official cause of death.
According to Harvey, the autopsy revealed a 60% narrowing of Whitney's arteries -- a direct result of the chronic cocaine use. Harvey claims the artery constriction led to a cardiac event before her death.
As for the other drugs in her system -- marijuana, Benadryl, Flexeril, and Xanax -- which Harvey claims were all at or below therapeutic levels ... and did not significantly contribute to her death.