WHITNEY HOUSTON (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died at the age of 48. Police responded to an emergency call at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles at about 3:45 p.m. PT, said Lt. Mark Rosen with the Beverly Hills police. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party rushed to Houston’s fourth-floor suite and attempted to revive her but they were unsuccessful, Rosen told KABC-TV. Houston was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m., Rosen said. Her body remained at the hotel while detectives were investigating.
“There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent,” Rosen said. Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown. Her death came on the eve of music’s biggest night the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her awards include two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. Inspired by prominent soul singers in her family, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with her New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11. After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. Houston released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.
R.I.P., Whitney. We will always love you.
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