Whitney Houston- The Diva bows out with a song!
The world and the entire entertainment industry is today mourning the demise of a diva who once reigned as pop queen, Whitney Houston who died at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles where she had been lodging for the past 2 weeks.
The daughter of Grammy-winning gospel singer, Cissy Houston, goddaughter of Aretha Franklin and cousin of 60’s pop star Dionne Warwick, possessed a voice that seemed to possess all who heard it.
With a voice infused with gospel and grace, pop and passion, Whitney Houston climbed to great heights, shattered records, and inspired a generation of fans and artists, but her reign was shortlived as her erratic behaviour and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, took its toll on the singer’s career.
Kristen Foster, her publicist, said that the cause of death was unknown, but a new report by Fox news indicates that prescription drugs were found in the singer’s room, and her family also confirmed she had been taking Xanax for anxiety, but when mixed with alcohol, can cause drowsiness.
Houston was reportedly found in her bathtub — TMZ reported her head was underwater — and could not be revived by paramedics after being removed from the tub.
No alcohol was found in the preliminary sweep of Houston’s room, TMZ reports, but there were multiple reports that Houston had been drinking with friends the night before at the hotel.
Houston had also attended rehearsals for the Grammys on Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to a person who was at the event but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.
Houston’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards sent shock waves through the music industry, with many stars expressing shock and sadness.
Brown reportedly broke down backstage before a show with his band New Edition in Southhaven, a few miles south of Memphis.
Brown skipped the first song of the concert, but appeared onstage for the second. He shouted, “I love you, Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.” He then blew a kiss to the sky with visibly teary eyes.
Aretha Franklin, her godmother, said in a short statement: “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.”
Her daughter Bobby Kristna is reportedly in shock and is being hospitalized hours after her mother’s death.
Houston was discovered by music industry impresario, Clive Davis. He became her producer and mentor.
“Whitney Houston, you know, from the ’80s through the ’90s, you know, was the best singer in the world. And we had the biggest hits in the world,” Davis said last year.
Her first album sold millions and launched a meteoric career.
The golden girl with the golden voice – a cross-over sensation – became one of the top selling artists of all time.
Success in music spawned success in movies, like “The Bodyguard.”
But while she was spinning out hits . . . her life was spinning out of control. Her 15-year marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown was tumultuous, sometimes violent. There were rumors, then admissions of heavy drug use.
“Whatever problems we have to work out, we’ll work them out,” Houston said in a 1996 interview.
The couple had a daughter but by the time they divorced in 2007 Houston’s record sales had plummeted, her star had dimmed, her once-pure voice had grown raspy. Attempts at a comeback failed.
She was to appear at Clive Davis’ big pre-Grammy party last night. Instead the big-name guests saluted her.
“Today we did not just lose an artist; we truly lost an angel,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare,” said Clive Davis.
And to think that few days before her demise, she had been considered and approached by the producers of UK music reality TV show, X-Factor to join the team as one of the judges! A move which would have given this generation the privilege of working with one of the best singers the world has ever produced.
The singer seemed to have been in touch with her roots one last time before her demise as Whitney Houston took to the stage to sing “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” at the Kelly Price & Friends pre-Grammy concert on February 10th.
Her life was touched by tragedy and triumph . . . her voice touched us all.
Rest in Peace Whitney!