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Is Someone Else Already Soaking in Whitney Houston's Bathtub?

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Does it seem somehow wrong that the bed Whitney Houston last slept in and, worse still, the bathtub she was submerged in, are already being used by a new hotel guest?

Not a week after the multiple Emmy-and Grammy-winning singer was pronounced dead in room 434 from an unconfirmed overdose of alcohol, Xanax (PFE) and other prescription drugs, the Beverly Hilton hotel has re-rented out the suite. In fact, a hotel reservations agent and the Executive assistant to the manager told TMZ that the $375-minimum accommodations are currently booked for the “foreseeable future.”

There’s no telling exactly how much a reservation for the death scene of an A-list celebrity will be able to fetch an opportunistic hotel with a waiting list. That’s because the hotel’s publicist is now staying mum. Presumably trying to deflect negative publicity, the official word from the Beverly Hilton is that the room is not yet back in rotation.

Hotel rooms made famous by those who died in them -- from room 16 of the Hôtel d'Alsace in Paris where Oscar Wilde succumbed to cerebral meningitis to the Chateau Marmont’s Bungalow 3 where John Belushi took his last speedball -- have become tourist destinations for those with a taste for the macabre.

Some sightseeing companies have made a living out of it. Take Dead Apple Tours in Manhattan that drives groups in a 960 Cadillac Superior Crown Royale combination hearse to sites like the Chelsea Hotel where Dylan Thomas and Nancy Spungen met their makers. And still, over three decades after his murder, you can find tourists any time of day taking pictures outside of the Dakota Building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side where John Lennon was shot.

Fortunately for the Beverly Hilton, it won’t be forced to rely solely on business travelers who are currently giving “pricing power” to chains like Hyatt Hotels (H). Suddenly it has a new customer base, the sicko set, to drive up its room rates.
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