Whitney Houston dies at 48

2012-02-12 06:39
Los Angeles - Grammy-winning singer and actor Whitney Houston, one of the most talented performers of her generation who lived a turbulent personal life and admitted drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48.

A Beverly Hills police officer told reporters they were called to the Beverly Hilton, in Los Angeles, at around 15:20 PST and that emergency personnel found Houston's body in a fourth-floor room, and she was pronounced dead at 15:55.

"She has been positively identified by friends and family [who] were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified," Lieutenant Mark Rosen told reporters.

Police said there were no obvious signs of criminal intent at the scene and her death is under investigation.

Houston was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest honours programme that will take place on Sunday night. She died hours before she was expected to perform at record producer Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday, which is held at the Beverly Hilton

Acclaim

Houston, inspired by soul singers in her New Jersey family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin, became one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, taking multiple Emmy, Grammy and Billboard Music awards.

Her popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s with consecutive No. 1 hits including the smash single I Will Always Love You, from the soundtrack of the feature film The Bodyguard, in which she starred.

She also appeared in Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996).

By the early 1990s, Houston had become the queen of pop music, achieving great critical and commercial acclaim, but her personal life was becoming troubled. In 1992 she married singer Bobby Brown, who had a bad-boy reputation, and during their 14 years together had a tumultuous relationship fuelled by drugs.

In 2000, she and Brown were stopped at an airport in Hawaii and security guards discovered dagga in their luggage.

The pair also starred in reality TV series, Being Bobby Brown, which painted an often unflattering portrait of the pair.

The last 10 years of Houston's life were dominated by drug use, rumours of relapses and trips to rehab. In a 2002 TV interview, she admitted using dagga, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs.

Comeback

She launched a comeback tour in 2009 and in April 2010 she called media reports she was using drugs again "ridiculous". In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a drug and alcohol rehab programme.

Reactions came pouring in from fans and friends in the music industry.

"I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing," legendary music producer Quincy Jones said in a statement. "... I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

Neil Portnow, chief executive of the Recording Academy that gives out the Grammys, called her "one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades".

Pop star Rihanna posted on Twitter "No words, just tears", and rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted: "Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time."

Comments

  • Siddic Nagdee - 2012-02-12 06:56

    Not to be Undone. Drug/Alchohol abuse claims another victim.A grim reminder. The third in as much years. Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson

  • Dominique - 2012-02-12 07:04

    So sad, my prayers to her family and may God give them strength. RIP Whitney, you gave us so much joy and pleaure with your music.

  • ammpike - 2012-02-12 07:31

    A song bird departed this life its sad I liked her a lot may her soul rest in peace we will remember her with her good music

  • Phumla Dingani - 2012-02-12 07:37

    What a waste! She died so young, we'll miss her. May her soul R.I.P

  • stoniesteenberg - 2012-02-12 07:43

    What a loss

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-02-12 07:48

    Sad news: I wish our kids may learn a lesson from the death of this legend. You will enjoy drugs today,but at the end of the day,they will kill you before you could have enjoyed true Life. Rest In Peace Whitney. At least you know that I loved your music but not your habits

  • mogalekg - 2012-02-12 08:00

    WE HAVE LOST HET AGAIN ONE OF OUR MOST THE MOST IF NOT THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME MY SHE REST IN PEACE.WE WILL MISS HER NEVER MINDING THAT HER MUSIC WILL LEAVE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.PEACE WHITNEY MY YOUR SOUL GO STRAIGHT TO HAVEN.

  • Delta-V - 2012-02-12 08:05

    Thanks for years of listening pleasure,I will continue to enjoy your music as long as I live. to those who speculate that it's an od that caused her death I say god saw her fit enough to take her unto himself. Rip

  • Dudley - 2012-02-12 08:06

    RIP Whitney.

  • Debbie - 2012-02-12 08:19

    Whitney, the voice of an angel. RIP Whitney

  • Moss - 2012-02-12 08:51

    There something about these celebrities's deaths!n They never reach 50 yrs old

      Mike - 2012-02-12 10:17

      But while alive they will argue that the drugs are not affecting them

  • Tee Muleya Tovhe - 2012-02-12 09:03

    It's never easy to accept and deal with the pain and loss of someone you once knew irregardless of the causes and rough parts and choices once made,Whitney you'll always be missed dear!..R.I.P

  • Tee Muleya Tovhe - 2012-02-12 09:04

    It's never easy to accept and deal with the pain and loss of someone you once knew irregardless of the causes and rough parts and choices once made,Whitney you'll always be missed dear!..R.I.P

  • Tee Muleya Tovhe - 2012-02-12 09:04

    It's never easy to accept and deal with the pain and loss of someone you once knew irregardless of the causes and rough parts and choices once made,Whitney you'll always be missed dear!..R.I.P

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-02-12 09:13

    NFL opening search on YouTube watch it carefully what do you see?? The cause and effect is this result. We are a week species we give into the easy and the greedy.

  • blowdart17 - 2012-02-12 09:16

    RIP Whitney Houston

  • Donovan van Reenen - 2012-02-12 09:24

    why does hurt so bad..why do i feel so sad. . . RIP Whitney ,voice that never will be forgotten

  • Donovan van Reenen - 2012-02-12 09:24

    why does hurt so bad..why do i feel so sad. . . RIP Whitney ,voice that never will be forgotten

      Pat Tsotetsi - 2012-02-12 10:52

      didnt we almost have it all',dats my favourate track may she rest in peace.

  • Philippa Jane Wiggett - 2012-02-12 09:45

    I can't get over this news.. It is heartbreaking.. She is such a legend and she will be missed terribly... Rest in peace Whtney Houston..

      Clive - 2012-02-12 19:58

      A beautiful woman with a beautiful voice but an ugly life.

  • Mayuri - 2012-02-12 09:46

    RIP, Whitney. One of the greatest voices...

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-12 10:24

    What a shame, she had such a beautiful voice.

  • Janine - 2012-02-12 10:27

    Tradgic :(

  • Itumeleng - 2012-02-12 11:19

    May her soul rest in peace. (((Queen of pop)))

  • Ntrizo - 2012-02-12 11:22

    May her soul rest in peace,oh what a waste of a legend. we will miss her.All at once we"ve been robbed.

  • Smphiwe Mpiwa Mngoma - 2012-02-12 11:36

    Whitney H. My God be with u.RIP .we lv u mom.

  • solly.mphuthi - 2012-02-12 12:18

    She did what ever she did, wrong and right we are all Humans we do mitsakes as well which knot really eseazy to rectify them. May her soul RIP.

  • Selma - 2012-02-12 12:34

    It all went wrong when she ran into Bobby Brown. What a waste. She had it all and blew it away. And Keith Richards is still going strong.

  • Jacky - 2012-02-12 12:40

    Very very sad Whitney Houston no longer with us.Her music will live on to remind us about her.

  • Clement Mansfield - 2012-02-12 13:33

    Her songs are already part of my classic collection. Love you always baby.

      Jan - 2012-02-13 12:48

      Clement you looser!

  • Anna MissCandy Motloutsi - 2012-02-12 16:10

    A queen a diva of all times no words can explain the feeling ,we lost. Yet another songbird she had a strong butiful voice which brought so much joy to anyones hrt God has taken her angel she has played her role in this world n her journey js ended too soon.may your soul rest in peace I knw iv loved u n ur songs frm a tender age .ur music wil liv on in our hrts n so wil u .thnk u for blesin us wt ur songs u hv made a difference in our lives thru ur songs I'll forever cherish u n kip listening to ur music.always love u thou it hurts so bad we look to u .longlive queen of pop Whitney Elizabeth Houston uv played ur part

  • Sannie - 2012-02-12 17:53

    News24 has sick people who put the thumbs down unnecessary.

  • GoogleSeoGuru - 2012-02-12 19:40

    This is really sad I hope it is not drugs http://goo.gl/7iVFv

  • ogwangwa - 2012-02-12 21:58

    very touched about her sudden dearth,her voice and talent will be missed.ouma polvia gwangwa

  • kmorake2 - 2012-02-13 09:41

    i blame it all on Bobby

  • Sharon - 2012-02-13 09:50

    Whitney may you find peace up above.xx

  • Jan - 2012-02-13 12:45

    No loss at all!

  • Ibrahim - 2012-04-17 21:03

    to the family of let bobby brown wife my god rice her in pece ameen

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