Pat Houston, the sister-in-law of the late Whitney Houston, was involved in a suicide attempt scare Tuesday.
Police and paramedics rushed to Houston’s home in Alpharetta, Georgia after they received phone calls from concerned family members who believed she might try to commit suicide. Earlier in the day, she posted a cryptic message on her Facebook page that worried those close to her.
“Sometimes you just feel like giving up on life and its many challenges,” the Facebook post read. “And for the first time in my life…I’m tired…and I want to finally rest. I love you guys.”
Family members who saw the post called and sent text messages to Houston but received no answer. They then went to her home and found her unconscious in bed with a pill bottle nearby. They called 911, and, when they arrived, Houston woke up and said she had taken medication for back pain, turned off her phone, and went to sleep. She didn’t realize so many people had been trying to get in touch with her, and she assured them that she hadn’t been trying to take her own life.
As a precaution, Houston was taken to the hospital and released shortly afterward.
Since Whitney Houston’s sudden death on February 11, 2012, her family has been living under even more media attention than before. The family has a reality series on Lifetime called The Houstons: On Our Own that regularly features the complicated situations the members find themselves in. One episode featured Bobbi Kristina — Whitney Houston’s daughter with R&B singer Bobby Brown — and Nick Gordon announcing their engagement. Whitney Houston informally adopted Gordon when he was 12 years old, and he was raised as Bobbi Kristina’s adopted brother. The family didn’t approve of the relationship, and the couple’s breakup was featured on a later episode.
There was also a brief period after Whitney Houston’s death during which her sister-in-law claimed that the singer had been murdered. Pat Houston didn’t believe the official ruling — accidental drowning — and said the death was part of a murder conspiracy. She later recanted those claims, but a private investigator recently came forward with evidence that may prove Pat Houston’s initial suspicions were correct.