Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48

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February 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm Quote #4378

mrmojohalen
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http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/11/showbiz/whitney-houston-dead/?hpt=hp_t1

Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
By the CNN Wire Staff
February 12, 2012 — Updated 0334 GMT (1134 HKT)

Los Angeles (CNN) — Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel, officials said. She was 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.

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.

Houston was set to appear in this year’s “Sparkle,” a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. 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.
Whitney Houston seemed ‘in good spirits’

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.

CNN’s Denise Quan and Alan Duke contributed to this report.


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February 12, 2012 at 12:20 am Quote #4386

Mink
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I can’t say as I’m shocked because of her drug addiction, but it’s still sad to hear. RIP



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February 12, 2012 at 2:34 am Quote #4389

PT5150
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Not good RIP Whitney.


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February 12, 2012 at 7:25 am Quote #4399

wjamflan
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This was shocking to hear about – so young. All I could think of after hearing it was that could have been Ed 8-O RIP Whitney.


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February 12, 2012 at 9:57 am Quote #4403

r_pinnington
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Very sad to hear…RIP Whitney


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February 12, 2012 at 9:58 am Quote #4404

frankm
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Mink: I can’t say as I’m shocked because of her drug addiction, but it’s still sad to hear. RIP

I agree, I was also surprised she was only 48, I thought she was 68 but I guess heroine will do that to you. Rest In Peace Whitney, Rest In Peace


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February 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm Quote #4409

evhua
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You’ll excuse my eventual English mistakes…

…to me, this is Very bad news… Whitney , to me , always had an awesome voice…but She had lots of troubles with drugs…

..and … to be honest, when I heard about her death this morning, I immediately thought about Eddie…

…on how he was devastated back in the end of the 90′s.. then in 2004 during the Vh tour… as also in early 2007/2008 when Vh postponed the tour…

Now I see him in stage, and I can see he’s healthy… and I feel very very happy for him…

These music icons, sometimes need help, in order to fight their demons…. some of them can make it, becoming healthy and ” in balance” with their lives again…

…sometimes they don’t… as happened to Whitney..rip..

I am nobody to give an explanation when these tragic events happen… I never tried to explain why Eddie had his troubles in the past…and I never judged him…

But when you talk about being a ” music fan”, musically speaking, you feel connected with your “hero”.

… and when he’s in trouble, you suffer for him…

…and when he’s fine, and ok, you feel fine and ok…

I cannot find other words…I think you can understand what I mean..


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February 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm Quote #4410

ks34vh
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170 million albums, wow. What a shame, RIP…


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February 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm Quote #4413

cobohall76
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I too was stunned. I was parking my car and was listening to her song “So emotional.” At the end, I hear the DJ say this is a tribute to her. I’m like “What!” I go on my Iphone to see if it’s true and it is. What a voice and talent. My girlfriend and I are always telling her kids about drugs and alcohol and here a is a perfect example. I remember in the mid 80′s scrapping my few bucks and a lot of change to buy my mom Whitney’s 1st record on cassette for her birthday. I read the autobiographies on Ace Frehley, Nikki Sixx and Dave Mustaine and they all pulled through and changed their lives around for the better. Wish it could have been the same for Whitney. No one expected this. RIP Whitney. :cry:


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February 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm Quote #4418

guitard
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The sad reality is that unless the person is ready to make that life change, they won’t. What makes them feel they are ready is hard to describe. Some call it “hitting rock bottom.” If counselors actually knew – there would be a lot less addicts.

I have a brother whose addicted to crystal meth. It’s caused a serious riff between us because I confronted him about it and I wouldn’t back down when he used every diversionary tactic known to mankind to escape the dilemma of having someone confront him. He now refuses to have anything to do with me. I live thousands of miles away, so it’s easy for him to avoid me. I won’t be surprised if he ends up like Whitney….looking like hell…and dying an early death.


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February 13, 2012 at 4:55 am Quote #4524

animal
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RIP


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February 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm Quote #4552

frankm
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guitard: The sad reality is that unless the person is ready to make that life change, they won’t. What makes them feel they are ready is hard to describe. Some call it “hitting rock bottom.” If counselors actually knew – there would be a lot less addicts.I have a brother whose addicted to crystal meth. It’s caused a serious riff between us because I confronted him about it and I wouldn’t back down when he used every diversionary tactic known to mankind to escape the dilemma of having someone confront him. He now refuses to have anything to do with me. I live thousands of miles away, so it’s easy for him to avoid me. I won’t be surprised if he ends up like Whitney….looking like hell…and dying an early death.

I’m very sorry about your brother, hopefully he can turn it around before it’s too late.


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February 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm Quote #5117

BadassMOFO
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Very, very sad!
RIP Whitney


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