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Clive Davis’ Letter Begging Whitney Houston to Get Help Revealed in New Documentary

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston
Clive Davis and Whitney Houston

*In the upcoming documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” the veteran record exec who discovered Whitney Houston reveals a desperate letter he wrote to the late singer, urging her to seek treatment for substance abuse.

The singer, who died on Feb. 11, 2012 (the day of Davis’ annual Grammy party), after a long battle with drugs, takes up 25 minutes of the planned two-hour, Chris Perkel-directed film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a clip seen by the publication, the music mogul reads the letter that he wrote to Houston the day after she appeared shockingly gaunt at a Michael Jackson anniversary concert on Sept. 7, 2001.

“Dearest Whitney,” Davis writes. “When I saw you Friday night at the Michael Jackson concert I gasped. When I got home, I cried. My dear, dear Whitney, the time has come. Of course I know you don’t want to hear this. Of course I know that you’re saying that Clive is being foolishly dramatic. Of course I know that your power of denial is in overdrive dismissing everything I and everyone else is saying to you. … I join your mother in pleading with you to face up to the truth now, right now, and there is no more time or postponement. You need help and it must begin now. I will stand by you with love and caring to see you through it to newfound peace and happiness in every way as a woman, as a mother, as a role model to inspire the rest of the world. Love, Clive.”

Davis said the film will be a comprehensive look at his career, the multitude of A-list artists he was involved with as well as the changing landscape of the music business.

“I’m thrilled with the footage I’ve seen so far,” he tells THR. “They’ve done an incredible job. I think it’s honest; it’s revealing and some of these things have never been seen before. The footage I’ve seen has knocked me out.”

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