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Chaka Khan, the singer and songwriter who called Whitney Houston her little sister, recently spoke about precautions that people in her friend's life could have taken to possibly prevent her death.
Khan spoke with CNN's Piers Morgan after Houston's death on Saturday. She spoke about formerly doing drugs with the late singer and expressed concern that Houston was left alone in an environment that isn't conducive to addiction.
"I stand on, whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there," Khan told Morgan on Monday night. "To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away."
Khan, a former addict who first recorded one of Houston's chart-topping singles "I'm Every Woman," also admitted that she was deeply saddened by Houston's battle with addiction for years prior to her death.
"I mean, I've cried for her, a lot over the years, so many times," Khan said. "In a way I've mourned her, because I felt something was gonna happen because she was so close to the wire."
Khan spoke about the dangers of the music industry that may have influenced Houston and her battle with addiction.
"I think we all, as artists, because we're highly sensitive people, and this machine around us, this so-called 'music industry,' is such a demonic thing," she told Morgan. "It sacrifices people's lives and their essences at the drop of a dime...I had a manager once say to me, You know you're worth more money dead than alive."
The singer expressed the most concern about Clive Davis' decision to move forward with his pre-Grammy party on the night that Houston passed away in the same hotel that she died in.
"I thought that was complete insanity," Khan said. "I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on."
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Ozzy Osbourne and co-host of The Talk, admitted that she could not make it to Davis' party after hearing about Houston's death.
"I didn't go to the Clive Davis party," she told E! News. "I do not know how people could have gone to the party knowing that Whitney was still in that building dead."