Just a friend? Ray J and Whitney

NEED TO KNOW
  • Kim K's ex, Brandy's brother, was linked to Whitney for years
  • Ray J was with Houston the night before she died
  • See the pic he took inside Beverly Hilton just before Whitney's death
  • The music producer starred in reality show 'For the Love of Ray J'
Just a friend? Ray J and Whitney

Kim Kardashian is still pretty much the woman with whom we immediately associate Ray J, for fairly obvious unprintable reasons.

But more recently the music producer and brother of Brandy had been seen out and about with Whitney Houston. And though Ray J never publicly acknowledged whether the two were dating, they were first reported together as far back as 2007, when they showed up for an NBA All-Star event hosted by Jay-Z and LeBron James.

"He was her big eyebrow-raising relationship after Bobby [Brown]," Us Weekly senior editor Ian Drew told ABCNews.com.

And while they certainly weren't exclusive in the five years since -- Ray J's VH1 dating reality show "For the Love of Ray J" made that pretty clear -- the pair were spotted out together February 3, just eight days before Houston's death.

The night before the legend died, Ray J was with her again at TRU Hollywood nightclub. He was part of a group with Whitney. The group included her daughter Bobbi Kristina and singer Kelly Price, whom Houston joined on-stage for an impromptu performance which turned out to be the last she'd ever give.

The next day, which was also his famous sister's birthday, Ray J tweeted out this photo of himself with Clive Davis inside the Beverly Hilton where preparations were underway for the music mogul's Grammys party. Not long afterwards, four floors above them, Whitney Houston would be found dead in her hotel room.

There are multiple reports that Ray J was at home when he found about Houston's death and that he went back to the Hilton, where police refused to let him enter her room. The Los Angeles Times says he was in the hotel lobby early Sunday morning and walking around saying, "Whitney dead... Whitney dead. We all gotta live with that."

The Daily Mail published this photo of apparently distraught Ray J outside the hotel.

Programming Note: All this week, tune in to HLN’s Nancy Grace at 8 p.m. ET, live from Hollywood, for up-to-the-minute details surrounding Whitney Houston's death, followed by Dr. Drew at 9 p.m. ET with more on the singer's battles with addiction. HLN will begin live coverage at 9 a.m. ET Saturday for funeral events in New Jersey on “Farewell to Whitney Houston.”

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