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Whitney Houston 'chose death': Swedish politician

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Whitney Houston 'chose death': Swedish politician
08:06 CET+01:00
Whitney Houston was an “awful mother” who “chose drugs and death” and thus doesn't deserve all the media attention being devoted to her death, a local Swedish politician has argued.

“Stop extolling Whitney Houston,” Lennart Holmlund, a Social Democrat member of the local council in Umeå in northern Sweden, wrote in a blog post published on Saturday.

The post came shortly after the start of live coverage of Houston's funeral by broadcasters in Sweden, the culmination of a week of intense media coverage about the late pop diva, who was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel bathtub on February 11th, aged 48.

While Holmlund admitted Houston was a “good singer” and that he even owned a few of her albums, he felt that the media had gone too far in exalting Houston and her apparently fatal drug addiction.

“Now the media is glorifying someone who couldn't take care of her daughter, but instead drew her child into drug addiction,” wrote Holmlund.

“What an awful mother who didn't see to it that her daughter didn't follow in her footsteps.”

The politician argued that addicts can't “blame anyone but themselves” for their problems.

“Because Whitney had so much money there was money to help her get away from drugs but she chose instead both drugs and death,” he wrote.

“The media should take responsibility and not be marketers for a life of drugs that resulted in fame and a fast track to death.”

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