Whitney Houston, 48, Found Dead in Hotel Room
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of unknown causes. She was 48. The singer was found by her bodyguard at the Beverly Hilton hotel, and despite resuscitation efforts, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said that the cause of her death is being investigated and that there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”.
Singer Aretha Franklin said, “I just can’t talk about it now.Â It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.Â My heart goes out to Cissy (Houston’s mother), her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown).”
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963 and had a music career that spanned nearly 30 years, and sold more than 55 million records in the U.S. alone.
Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. As of 2010, her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards; among a total of 415 career awards.
Whitney began singing with a New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11, and with the encouragement of cousins Dionne Warwick and her godmother Aretha Franklin, she went on to supersede both of them. She is the only artist who has ever charted seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. In total, she has sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
As soon as the news hit the public, the internet was flooded with comments from fans, friends, family, and just about everyone who has ever heard her sing.
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.'”
In 2000, Houston earned her sixth Grammy for best female R&B performance, however, her career stalled soon after as she entered rehab for multiple addiction problems.
In May 2011, Houston got help for her much-publicized struggle with drugs and alcohol.
Police are actively investigating her untimely death.