My mom just said "Wow, I didn't even know she was sick."
Whitney Houston: proof that a man can ruin a woman.
Crack is wack!!
Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
Houston's bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.
According to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years.
Houston, whose hits included "The Greatest Love of All," died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She had performed as late as Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event in the area. A pre-Grammy party was scheduled Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.
Music producer Jimmy Jam, after conversations with those heading up to Sunday's night show, told CNN that he believes the event will change significantly -- including a tribute to the singer.
The entertainer recently returned to a movie set for "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It is scheduled be released nationwide in August, according to Sony Pictures. It was her first movie role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife."
News of her death elicited a flood of reaction from fans and fellow celebrities alike.
Singer Aretha Franklin said, "I just can't talk about it now. It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy (Houston's mother), her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown)."
Dolly Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You," said, "mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'"
Another entertainment legend, Quincy Jones, said he was "absolutely heartbroken" by the news. "She was a true original and a talent beyond compare," he said.
Houston's body of work included a string of Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "The Greatest Love of All," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
Billboard put her soundtrack to the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard" as one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. She also starred in the film with Kevin Costner. The soundtrack included the hit,"I Will Always Love You."
Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey.
Famed music producer Clive Davis reportedly spotted Houston 20 years later in a New York nightclub, signing her on the spot, according to her website. Davis steered Houston's career for more than 25 years, also serving as a mentor.
Just Thursday, Davis told CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" that, with Houston, "I saw a depth and a range and soul ... that rarely ranks at the top level. And that's why we've been working together ever since."
The singer's rendition of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, days into the first Persian Gulf War, earned raves and cemented her place in the American musical landscape.
After "The Bodyguard," Houston went on to appear in several more films in the 1990s, including "Waiting to Exhale."
In 2000, Houston earned her sixth Grammy for best female R&B performance and, a month later, she was named female artist of the decade at the "Soul Train" Music Awards.
Her career stalled, however, in subsequent years as she entered rehab for addiction problems.
Houston took a hiatus for several years before releasing her first album in seven years, "I Look to You," in 2009.
"I just took a break, which sometimes you have to," said Houston. "You have to know when to slow that train down and kind of just sit back and relax for a minute."
In May 2011, Houston got help for her much-publicized struggle with drugs and alcohol, her representative said at the time.
In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston recalled how her mother arrived one day at her doorstep at her daughter's house with sheriff's officers and a court order in a drug intervention. She talked about doing cocaine and smoking marijuana.
"(My mother) says, 'I have a court (injunction) here,'" Houston said. "Either you do it my way, or we're just not going to do this at all. We are both going to go on TV, and you're going to retire.'"
Houston had a high-profile and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, a former "New Edition" star who has had multiple brushes with the law.
The couple appeared together in the mid-2000s on the reality show "Being Bobby Brown." They had one child together, Bobbi Kristina.
Houston was the cousin of Dionne Warwick, another acclaimed performer.
Singer Lionel Richie told CNN that Houston was one of the best.
"She had that voice that could just turn a story, a melody into magical notes," Richie said.
Bobby Brown 'in crying fits' after death of Whitney Houston... but still intends to perform with his band
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were seen stepping out for dinner together with their daughter Bobbi Kristina last week
Can't wait for the'pneumonia' autopsy conclusion.
You slept with mike so he would ban me. change your sig..the pretentious look how hipster face is so old ooh you like guys with glasses..ooooh
Well thats what evetually happens from too much coke and booze long term. Your lungs fill up.
"Ben Kingsley was GREAT as me in that movie" -Ghandi
i wonder if she fell and hit her head since they found her in the bathtub?
Updated: RIP Whitney Houston
Iconic singer Whitney Houston is dead at age 48. How incredibly sad. Her publicist Kristen Foster confirmed to TMZ that Houston had in fact passed away. Her body was found in the bathtub of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills fire and police responded minutes later,” Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen told PEOPLE. “Someone in her entourage found her unresponsive in her room … It’s unclear who notified hotel staff because she has quite an entourage here at the hotel. We attempted to resuscitate her, to no avail.”
Tonight was the annual pre-Grammy party held by Whitney’s mentor, Clive Davis. The party went on as planned, and yes, it was held at the same hotel Whitney died. Singer Alicia Keys was spotted consoling Davis as she arrived for the party.
According to MSNBC, Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown found out about Whitney’s death before going onstage in Mississippi. He did his best to make the show go on, but ultimately broke down in tears.
Whitney has had multiple stints in rehab for drug addiction, but it has yet to be determined whether this was to blame as the cause of her death. She previously Oprah that her drug of choice was Woolies…and I think you can imagine the detrimental effects these can have on your health. (Woolies are marijuana joints laced with rock cocaine, btw). It’s basically a cardiovascular nightmare.
I’ve been speaking to some of my friends tonight, and many of us seem to have this overall cloak of sadness hanging over us. Why? We don’t know Whitney, we’ve never met her. So why do we care so much? Well personally, I think it’s that so many of us felt like we grew up with Whitney. We were little girls dancing in our parents’ basements to “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” playing on a cassette tape, of course. We’d crank up the boom box to hear her outrageously talented voice, a booming choir coming from just one woman’s body! A talent as big as hers is so rare, but unfortunately the self-destruction is not. So wherever she is now, firing off another round of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” let me just say…Whitney, we all wanted to dance with you too.
http://www.etonline.com/news/118928_...tub/index.htmlA source close to Whitney tells ET that Whitney was found by her assistant in the bathtub. When her 18-year-old daughter Bobby Kristina was told that her mother had passed away, she was hysterical and had to be sedated.
OH SNAP!!! see!!! she slipped in the tub!! i was right. no drugs involved,... nothing to see here. move along...
ETA: They JUST took her body out. They haven't found any illegal drugs, but did find prescription ones. I bet she took too many Valiums or whatever and drowned in the bathtub. Alone.
didnt she say she was clean recently - like as she was making her most recent album? i swore i saw an interview with her saying she was clean.
my theory: she sweat to death.
no one could sweat like Whitney.
well except me. :sadface:
I'm not sure- she went to rehab in May or June? But there's been pics posted for about a week showing what a mess she was.
Where is Bobbi? I feel so bad for her. I mean, I get that Bobby wanted the show to go on...but there was an article about Bobby in People a couple months ago that all but said, "I don't care too much about Bobbi." In my opinion, anyway. I hope she's okay and with people who love her.
i know that i saw her entertainment tonight, just the night before last, interrupting an interview with.... adelle i think? however you spell her name. she was with bobbi christina and seemed like she was fucked up.
has that come out. i know i def saw that wednesday or thursday.
she went out to dinner with bobby and bobbi christina just this week.... he prolly gave her "some good shit" and she OD'ed.
I think you're right and she probably relapsed recently.
TMZ has this:
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina got into an angry shouting match with police officers outside the hotel room where her mother was found dead ... TMZ has learned.
According to law enforcement sources ... Bobbi Kristina showed up on the 4th floor of the Beverly Hilton several hours after Whitney's death. We're told when officers informed her no one was allowed to see the body -- BK screamed, cursed and demanded to see her mother.
Ultimately, she was not allowed into the room and left. We're told Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick also showed up later. She too was turned away by officers.
As we reported earlier ... other family members and friends -- who were in the room when authorities arrived -- identified Whitney's body.
I am really sorry to hear this. I feel Whitney pretty much wasted her talent, and she WAS an incredible talent!! My thoughts are that she mixed some script drugs or took to many, perhaps with an alcoholic beverage and drowned. They did say they found water in her lungs. I feel SO bad for her family!!
I really loved The Bodyguard (Yes. This is why I stay out of the movie thread.). Other than that, I'm not very familiar with her. She was so beautiful.
"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." ~ Carl Sagan
Damn, any cracker celeb dies and there is at least 10 pages. 2 pages?
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