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AjdeNate!
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:19 PM
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R&B Singer Houston Gouges His Eye Out After Failed Suicide Attempt

02/02/2005 5:00 PM, LAUNCH
LAUNCH Radio Networks

R&B singer Houston, whose full name is Houston Summers IV, reportedly gouged out one of his eyes after a failed suicide attempt in a London hotel. MTV.com reports that last Thursday (January 27), the singer attempted to commit suicide by jumping off of the hotel balcony but was stopped by his security team. Houston then locked himself into a bathroom and gouged one of his eyes out. The singer was in Europe for a string of performances.

Details are still sketchy but on Wednesday (February 2), the singer's label, Capitol Records, released the following statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston during this tragic time."

The Los Angeles-based singer released his debut album, It's Already Written, last August. The set was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies and featured the hit, "I Like That" featuring Chingy, Nate Dogg, and I-20.

When LAUNCH spoke to the singer last year, he explained that singing was in his blood. He said: "Been singing all my life. Pops is a singer, I'm the Fourth. You know he's Houston Summers the Third. You know he used to sing with Marvin Gaye back in the day. He used to do those background vocals. He was on the radio, so it's basically in my blood. Music is what I thirst for you know as well as God."

Martian KC
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:21 PM
Did anyone see the pic? It's disgusting! He must've been really fucked up to do that to himself!

Rocketta
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:33 PM
I don't know him.....or at least I can't remember him from just the title of the song. Anyway that's terrible and I'm glad he wasn't successful.........but gouging your eye out man was he distraught or just totally out of it to be so self-destructive. :tears:

brickhousesupporter
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:35 PM
Did anyone see the pic? It's disgusting! He must've been really fucked up to do that to himself!

Where can I see the pic......?

harloo
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:39 PM
OMG!! Not Houston!!

Rocketta, he sings that song with Nate Dogg. I just cannot believe this, because he did not seem suicidal at all. I guess we really don't know these stars. He had a pretty big hit with, " I Like That". They played it all on MTV and BET at one point.

I hope he is ok.:sad:

Martian KC
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:41 PM
Where can I see the pic......?

http://www.d12world.com/board/showthread.php?t=173027&page=3&pp=15

Just keep scrolling down.

harloo
Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:47 PM
http://www.d12world.com/board/showthread.php?t=173027&page=3&pp=15

Just keep scrolling down.
Eww!!! I can't believe people post stuff like this.:fiery: :D

Andy Mac
Feb 3rd, 2005, 12:46 AM
thats fuckin MESSSSSSED! how did he gore his eye out tho!?

Knizzle
Feb 3rd, 2005, 01:02 AM
Awww man he needs some prayer.

GoDominique
Feb 3rd, 2005, 01:29 AM
:retard:

Poor guy though.

VeNuS#1LoVa
Feb 3rd, 2005, 02:02 AM
EEEWWW...and I love I like Dat.... :sad:

Infiniti2001
Feb 3rd, 2005, 02:09 AM
I don't want to lose my dinner, so I'll pass on the pic :eek: Meanwhile how could he stand that pain ? I mean , when an eyelash or dust get on my contacts I feel like I am in hell :o

CC
Feb 3rd, 2005, 02:13 AM
So he was on drugs? Otherwise ... he's crazy, literally.

Andy Mac
Feb 3rd, 2005, 02:41 AM
what and how did he gore his eye out tho....

aNYthing
Feb 3rd, 2005, 04:24 AM
:eek: That is wrong... I wonder what would make him do something like that.

Black Mamba.
Feb 3rd, 2005, 04:40 AM
I thought Houston's career was on the rise? As knizzle put it he does need prayer.

ginger_fish668
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:10 AM
I was having lunch and I should not have seen that pic. Stupid Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bolt:

G1Player2
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:14 AM
I am not looking at that picture...Is the picture really that bad?

SjuTjuD
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:50 AM
They should have that picture with the D.A.R.E. programs so kids know what drugs can do to a person.

RVD
Feb 3rd, 2005, 06:08 AM
I am not looking at that picture...Is the picture really that bad?It's R-E-A-L-L-Y BAD!! :scared: :eek:

But how the heck does one do that and then take a damn picture of it, is what I want to know?! :confused: And who the f**k took the picture?!!
Brutha must've been on some hard hard sh!t to do that! :unsure: Cuz everyone knows you gotta hype yourself up to even attempt the deed. :retard:

greenfunkTHREE.
Feb 3rd, 2005, 06:42 AM
its scary alright. but it has no effect on me. and i am having lunch now.

Hot 92 Jamz
Feb 3rd, 2005, 12:34 PM
This is tragic. :sad:

I don't know him.....or at least I can't remember him from just the title of the song. Anyway that's terrible and I'm glad he wasn't successful.........but gouging your eye out man was he distraught or just totally out of it to be so self-destructive. :tears:

I wasn't familair with him either but here's his hit with Chingy from last summer:

"I Like That" with Chingy (http://sg1.allmusic.com/cg/smp.dll?link=s85sx0mcq5ox5vyj56sfy7d&r=20.asx)

LiliaLee-Frazier
Feb 3rd, 2005, 01:46 PM
At first i thought it was WHITNEY HOUSTON.. :lol: :p

skanky~skanketta
Feb 3rd, 2005, 04:10 PM
i'm about to lose my dinner after seeing that pic! omg...wait...ok, justt got back from the sink. didnt throw up, but i burped.

the pic is just gross. ugh!mental pictures of it!

but poor guy!the pain!

lizchris
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:36 PM
I never heaard of this singer until I read what he did. Does anyone know why he did what he did?

Rocketta
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:42 PM
This is tragic. :sad:



I wasn't familair with him either but here's his hit with Chingy from last summer:

"I Like That" with Chingy (http://sg1.allmusic.com/cg/smp.dll?link=s85sx0mcq5ox5vyj56sfy7d&r=20.asx)
Thanks! Yeah I remember that song.

Dava
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:44 PM
I really liked that one song from the MacDonnalds ad but thats about it.

Sally Struthers
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:45 PM
oh god. I'm totally not into pain so I would never gouge my eye out. I'd have to OD on sleeping pills and booze if I were to do it. And no one get any ideas ok? :mad:

alfajeffster
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:53 PM
Where is Helen Lawson when you need her? She could handle this kind of situation with a much-needed Brooklyn sensibility!

LostInThe80s
Feb 3rd, 2005, 05:59 PM
The pic looks "doctored".

Hot 92 Jamz
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:04 PM
Bodyguard: Houston 'Happy,' Closer To God After Gouging Eye
02.03.2005 9:57 PM EST

Ex-managers blame mental illness; family says it was an accident.

Depending on who you talk to, R&B singer Houston's eye injury is the result of either mental illness, spiritual crisis or just an accident.

"Houston is going through spiritual warfare right now," Houston's bodyguard Marco Powell said. "[Houston] showed no pain and he had no remorse. He said he had to do it. He said that that had freed him from everything. He was happy after that." bodyguard Marco Powell. "It's like good versus evil. He grew up in a Christian family, and since he's signed his record deal he's been subjected to, in his own words, 'sins and devils in the business' like drugs, alcohol and all this stuff that he's not used to. He didn't want to be around that. He just wasn't happy with management he just wasn't happy. He didn't know which way to turn."

Powell was in London with the 21-year-old singer the night Houston's eye was gouged out and insists it was not a suicide attempt (see "R&B Singer Houston Gouges Eye Out After Apparent Suicide Attempt").

"The night of the incident, we had dinner at the hotel," Powell recalled. "After dinner, he went to his room to read the Bible. He is an avid reader of the Bible. After I finished eating, I went upstairs to check on him and I noticed blood on the floor. Houston usually has really bad nose bleeds. So I asked him, 'Are you OK? Is your nose bleeding?' He said, 'Yeah, my nose is bleeding but I'm cool. I will see you in the morning. I can't wait to get back to L.A. with my family.' He was lying on the bed with a towel over his face, so something told me it was more than [just a nose bleed]. So I walked into the room to talk to him, I pulled the towel off of his face, and that's when I saw that he had gouged his eye out.

"He showed no pain and he had no remorse," Powell added. "He said he had to do it. He said that that had freed him from everything. He was happy after that. He said he was changed and was ready to go. That symbolic statement basically freed him from all the pain he was in. He feels like he is closer to God now."

Billie Summers, Houston's sister, also says the suicide rumors are untrue.

"Houston is a Christian and he does know that if he attempted anything like that he'd be doomed," Summers said. "His managers, Reno Rankin and Andrew Rowe of On Point Productions, are no longer his managers, so they are trying to slander his name. While Houston was on the road, their contract [with him] ended and there were rumors that they were going to try and slander my brother's name. I believe they're the ones calling up the radio stations, MTV and BET and giving false info."

However, On Point's Rankin and Rowe offer a different portrait of the singer.

"Houston has a sickness," Rowe said. "There's nothing to hide. He needs to be treated so he doesn't harm himself worse than he did, or someone else."

According to Rankin, he, Rowe and a Capitol Records representative took Houston to a psychiatrist themselves while the family remained in denial. They say the singer was even treated at UCLA Medical Center prior to his trip overseas.

"In September Houston was hospitalized," Rowe said. "We had to cancel everything from October to the end of the year. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic. He was supposed to be in treatment and on medication, but we had clearance by the family and doctors to work half the time.

"He was out of control, just doing things that were off the wall things that normal people don't do," Rowe added. "So when he went to London, we were told he blew it on the Choice FM Awards and that he was starting to regress. He was carry a Bible around and just doing things that just weren't normal."

The On Point duo said Houston's actions made them worried about sending him overseas. "Houston wanted to work like any other artist because there was money on the table," Rowe recalled, "but there was concern, and that's why I requested a doctor's note."

"Capitol was requesting him on the road to do promo over in London," Rankin said. "So Houston's family sent us a doctor's note, stating that Houston was able to work, and we took the note and faxed it over to Capitol."

While Rankin and Rowe are not sure if a lack of medication is what caused the incident, they say things quickly took a turn for the worse.

"They finally got to Dubai [in the United Arab Emirates], barely, and that's where he got real bad," Rowe said. "[Houston] wanted to hurt himself bad and he was on the brink. When he got back to England was when I finally got the call that he stabbed himself in the eye. He was so off guard that he was trying to kill himself."

Summers acknowledged that her brother was injured while overseas but called it "an accident." "He is all right and in good spirits," she said. "He's not depressed, on any medications or under any psychiatric care. He was just in surgery and he will be coming home soon, in a day or two. Everything is well."

She said he's in Los Angeles now and that she doesn't know the details of the accident.

"We haven't mentioned anything to Houston, but we're going to talk to him about what exactly happened," Summers said. "Houston would never inflict any harm on himself. He was under a lot of spiritual stress, and a lot of that pressure, I believe, came from the music industry.

"I just want everyone to pray for him. He is going through trying times. ... This is the last thing he needs," she added.

Meanwhile, Rankin and Rowe said they haven't had any direct contact with their former client since he returned to the States.

"We decided that we didn't want to continue," Rowe said. "We feel like our contract could have been extended, but that's not important. The kid needs help more than anything else. His health is our biggest concern."

The two said they're also concerned with how Houston's finances are being managed.

"We have a serious problem with the way the family is handling this kid's situation," Rowe said. "There's no reason for this kid to have no money. They passed on a publishing deal that could have helped him out right now. They got involved and we tried everything [we could], but at the end of the day, Houston was loyal to his mom. I don't have a problem with that, but they are not capable of handling a kid like that. The kid was a star. He had a great opportunity laid out, so he should have had proper housing and a nice car."

"The kid still lives where he lives when we met him in a two-bedroom apartment with four other people," Rankin said. "They spent all the kid's money."

Rashaun Hall

SOURCE (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1496566/20050203/houston_piano_.jhtml?headlines=true)

Experimentee
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:15 PM
It sounds like he has a serious mental illness :unsure:
He'd have to be mentally ill to do something like that.

katiektc
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:20 PM
Euw i feel ill.
i hope my tomato soup doesnt return.

Veegeta
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:51 PM
"Houston is going through spiritual warfare right now,"

"That symbolic statement basically freed him from all the pain he was in. He feels like he is closer to God now."


And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell Matt 5:29.

I don't like bible thumbing, but here's the verse in the bible that talks about plucking the eye.

READ THE CONTEXT to get a better understanding.

Cilla
Feb 4th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Oh my god :tape:

Kart
Feb 4th, 2005, 08:05 PM
Very sad.

TM
Feb 4th, 2005, 08:43 PM
WHY!!?!!?!?!?! he has money. The b!tchez he can get.... That is very stupid!

I'm sure some of you have recognized him from the McDonald's tv advertisement "I like that!" --you know?.


Do you suspect that when he recoveres he'll be the singer with the eyepatch and call himself Houston " " or whatever?

harloo
Feb 4th, 2005, 09:09 PM
The family really needs to come out of denial and get the guy some real help, but many African American families don't take mental illness seriously. His sister seems like she is trying to defend his actions which is understandable but at the same time she is avoiding the mental issue.

It doesn't look too good for Houston, because in the R&B game you are only as good as your last hit, and soon forgotten. R&B fans move on to the next thing so it's unfortunate that's he's not able to capitalize on his recent success.

Knizzle
Feb 5th, 2005, 01:05 AM
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell Matt 5:29.

I don't like bible thumbing, but here's the verse in the bible that talks about plucking the eye.

READ THE CONTEXT to get a better understanding.

This verse has to do with adultery, I don't think he was trying to prevent himself from cheating on a wife he probably doesn't have.

Rocketta
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:08 AM
He sounds like a complete schizophrenic and it's sad if his family won't face the fact that he's mentally ill. It will only get worse for him and them and if they blew his money they will certainly regret that because it sounds like he has tons of medical bills coming up. :sad: