Did Whitney Houston Kill Herself?
Gene Simmons reportedly said so on CNBC, though I'm not sure how renowned an expert he is in forensics.
And while Simmons meant he thinks Whitney literally offed herself in the tub, that other noted death pundit, Bill O'Reilly, feels Whitney simply wanted to extinguish herself in the long run.
"Whitney Houston wanted to kill herself," he said on his show.
"Nobody takes drugs for that long if they want to stay on the planet.
"The hard truth is that some people will always want to destroy themselves and there's nothing society can do about it."
He's not totally off base.
There's some truth to the fact that people like Whitney have a self-destructive edge -- drugs and booze become a way of medicating themselves against the pain, sending them into a euthanized Neverland -- though there's way more to it than that.
Their addictions are illnesses and sometimes become stronger than they are, obscuring their will to live via sheer physical power.
Many a drug addict wants to continue and prosper -- they just can't!
And some of them only "take drugs for that long" because they can't help it.
But I've always said that addictions are one of the few illnesses you can cure, if there's enough of an attempt from the sufferer and things go right in the process.
It's complicated -- I'm just thinking out loud here -- but I'm guessing that this kind of tragedy results from a sad mixture of wanting to live and not wanting to live.