Ray J Coping With Feeling of 'Emptiness' Following Whitney Houston's Death


Houston was there with her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and performed a duet with Price in the early hours of Feb. 10, in what would become her last performance.

At the party, Houston reportedly clashed with singer and former "X Factor" finalist Stacy Francis, who had credited Houston as her inspiration and had been pulled onstage to sing with her in 1999 during a concert, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Houston and Francis were reintroduced at the party, and all seemed fine until Ray J entered the conversation.

"Whitney just got belligerent," a witness told The Hollywood Reporter. "Ray was trying to defend Stacy, telling Whitney, 'Stacy's family!' but Whitney was feeling crowded out and hands were raised."

The witness said that no punches were ultimately thrown, but that it was a tense exchange.

Photos taken later that night showed Houston disheveled, agitated and bloated as she left, and she reportedly had to be escorted from the club with blood dripping down her leg and scratches on her wrist.

Friends said she was simply sweating from the performance.

"There was nothing wrong. She was singing, she was dancing, she was laughing, she was playing," Price said. "I'm going to remember her just like that because that's the Whitney I always had the pleasure of being around."

On the afternoon of Feb. 11, Houston's lifeless body was discovered in her bathroom at the Beverly Hilton, where she was planning to attend friend and mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party.

Houston's official death certificate was filed in Los Angeles County on Feb. 15, but the immediate cause of death is listed as "deferred" and the manner of death is noted as "pending investigation."

ABC News' Luchina Fisher and Sheila Marikar contributed to this report.

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