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Whitney Houston’s close friend gospel singer Kim Burrell spoke with her every week for 13 years. When Houston struggled with personal issues, Burrell would pray with her. The Love & Liberty Fellowship Church pastor spoke with CNN’s Kyra Phillips on Tuesday

“Whitney knew to go to God, Whitney knew how to pray and I’m very confident that in her worst of times, whatever they could have been, she knew how to go to God,” Burrell revealed.

The two companions often prayed together in person and over the phone whenever Houston – who was known to have battled with cocaine, marijuana, and pills – needed help.

“Whenever she called I was there,” the Gospel singer stated, even flying out to Germany during Houston’s last European tour, “just to be there in prayer” for her. “When she knew that she needed help she didn’t mind saying that.”

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