Bobby Brown 'in crying fits' after death of Whitney Houston... but still intends to perform with his band


By Iona Kirby

'Crying fits': Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were seen stepping out for dinner together with their daughter Bobbi Kristina last week

Bobby Brown is reportedly ‘in and out of crying fits’ after the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston.

It has been reported by TMZ that the R&B star is distraught to learn of the iconic singer’s sudden and tragic passing.

He is currently in Mississippi where his band New Edition is due to perform this evening.

And despite the shocking news, the 43-year-old apparently still has the intention of going onstage at the concert alongside his band members.

The website reports that the star, who was married to Whitney for 14 years, hopes to make it through the entire show.

A relative of Bobby has said that he is 'shattered and beyond devastated' at the news.

The source has said: 'He wanted to tell everyone about it before it hit the news. He didn't want any of us to hear about it on television.

'Beside himself': Bobby is apparently devastated to hear of the death of his ex-wife

The relative added: 'He could hardly get the words out when he called me. He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He's beside himself right now.'

Whitney died this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, aged 48.

A spokesman for the local police department said that emergency services had been called to the hotel at 3.43 this afternoon, arriving minutes later.

Officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor where she was staying as a guest, where they found security staff attempting to revive her.

Rocky: The pair had a tumultuous time during their 14 years of marriage

Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.

The cause of death is as yet unknown.

TMZ also reports that according to hotel staff, the star 'partied heavily' with friends last night, who were all drinking in the bar and making lots of noise.

Bobby and Whitney had a notoriously turbulent relationship that was riddled with drug use and marital problems.

Whitney admitted that she and Bobby took cocaine and marijuana together through their 14 years of marriage.

During this tumultuous time, Bobby was arrested for drugs and alcohol and Whitney entered drug rehabilitation programs twice.

They wed in July 1992 and eventually separated in September 2006, before their divorce was finalised in April 2007.

'He was my drug': Whitney admitted the pair took cocaine and marijuana together during their marriage

Three years after their split, Whitney described her troubled marriage to Bobby with the poignant words: ‘He was my drug’.

The couple have an 18-year-old daughter together, Bobbi Kristina.

And despite Bobby and Whitney's rocky relationship, the trio were reunited last week for a slap-up meal together.

Whitney looked happy as she left the Beverly Hills eatery after dinner, and was followed shortly after Bobby and Bobbi Kristina, who held hands as they headed off together.

Whitney won custody of Bobbi Kristina following her divorce from the R&B star, with Bobby being allowed visitation rights.

However the pair’s last public outing together showed they seemed to have put their toxic past behind them.

Last public outing: Bobby and Whitney appeared to have put the past behind them when they went out for dinner with their daughter together