Whitney Houston fans to follow funeral on Internet

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It will be weeks before toxicology results reveal the medications and quantities, if any, that were in Houston’s system when she died. The Grammy winner’s history of substance abuse has added to the speculation that her death may have been caused by prescription drugs.

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston talked about how she was deeply shaken by the death of Michael Jackson. Jackson died at age 50 that year from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

Houston recalled taping a show celebrating Jackson’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2001. Houston was strikingly thin — so much so that rumors spread soon after that she had died. Jackson was also frail.

“I was getting scared,” she told Winfrey. “I was looking at myself going, ‘No, I don’t want this to be like this. This can’t happen. Not both of us.’”

Like Jackson, Houston was on the verge of a career comeback before her death on Feb. 11. And, like Jackson, sales of her recordings have soared since her passing as fans try to recapture her glory days in the 1980s and 1990s. Old recordings have been propelled to the top of sales charts on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Associated Press entertainment writer Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

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