Bill O'Reilly has used the death of Whitney Houston to revisit his fight against legalizing drugs, calling Houston an addict that wanted to destroy herself.
O'Reilly brought up the topic of Houston's addiction on an episode of Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," according to MSN.com.
He used insensitive language to recap the addiction that plagued Houston in the latter years of her life. He also compared her to Elvis and Michael Jackson, calling her a pop star who wanted to destroy herself.
"The hard truth is that some people will always want to destroy themselves, and there's nothing society can do about it," O'Reilly said.
He briefly spoke about the successful recording career of Houston, citing the millions of records she sold. However, he quickly veered into the subject of her addiction by saying that Houston's success wasn't enough for her.
"Over the years, she was in and out of rehab, apparently using powerful, addictive narcotics like cocaine," O'Reilly said. "Reports say she also drank, heavy."
He said that she destroyed herself and added that she wanted to kill herself because she took drugs for so long.
"Whitney Houston wanted to kill herself," O'Reilly said. "Nobody takes drugs for that long, if they want to stay on the planet."
His tough criticism of the singing legend was a platform for his argument against the legalization of drugs. He argued that singer Tony Bennett was wrong for offering advice that legal drugs, prescribed by doctors could've saved Houston.
Houston publicly battled drug addiction for many years, which derailed her legendary career. She once told Diane Sawyer that she made too much money to ever smoke crack. She also revealed her battle with drugs in an Oprah Winfrey interview.
O'Reilly went on to criticize Houston's doctors for prescribing her the legal drugs she was found with, knowing she was an addict.
"Everybody knew that. Yet an M.D. apparently gave her powerful, legal narcotics. The same thing happened to Michael Jackson," O'Reilly said.