Mel Gibson Invited To Whitney Houston's Funeral

February 17, 2012 By:
Mel Gibson Invited To Whitney Houston's Funeral

Who knew Mel Gibson was friends with Whitney Houston, but apparently, the actor tried to help Whitney in her darker days.

Sources tell TMZ that several years ago, when Whitney hit her low point in her addiction to drugs and alcohol, Mel quietly intervened and spent time with her, trying to help her with her addictions.

“We're told Whitney's family is ‘extremely appreciative’ and wanted Mel at tomorrow's funeral, but because of family plans he can't attend.” TMZ reports.

"Alcoholism is something that runs in my family. It's something that's close to me," Gibson once said.

A source told Us Weekly of Whitney’s struggle:

“Addiction is a deadly disease. Drugs and alcohol were her demons.”

Whitney’s funeral will take place on Saturday at Newark, New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church.

Among the famous attendees will be: Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys, Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin, Tyler Perry, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, Rickey Minor, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans and Cece Winans will be among the mourners at Houston's funeral service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ on Saturday.

Meanwhile, country crooner Dolly Parton got some backlash when she said:

“I will always been grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song.”

Which is true, Dolly sang it first. But fans weren’t having that, so being the diplomat she is, Dolly said:

"I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song.”