Whitney Houston found dead on the eve of the Grammys
Whitney Houston died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:55 p.m. She died in the Beverly Hills Hotel in Calif. on the eve of the Grammy award ceremony. She was found dead in a bathtub. The cause of death is still undetermined.
Houston was one of the top-selling artists in pop history, remaining on top of the charts for almost 30 years. She was known for the stunning quality of her voice, which was rooted in her black gospel heritage.
She began her career in the 1980s with top selling hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “Greatest Love of All.” Her career continued into the 1990s as she starred in the movie “Bodyguard,” which featured her top hit remake of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
In the later years of her career Houston struggled with drugs. This led to the decline of both her voice and her career. Although she declared herself drug free in 2010, concert cancellations and the hoarse quality of her voice indicated otherwise.
“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” said Houston regarding her condition.
On the eve of the Grammys, Houston was at a hotel getting ready to attend a pre-Grammy party at which she was expected to sing. She was found in a unconscious in a bathtub, however the cause of death is not attributed to drowning.
Given her history, many people expect the cause of death to be related to drugs, but the Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman said there were not enough drugs in the room. It is speculated that she died from a mix of alcohol and prescription drugs, but the
official results with not be released for a few weeks.
The Grammys paid tribute to the diva, her voice, her music and the singers she inspired over the years. Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Houston in an emotional performance of “I Will Always Love You,” a song Hudson said has always inspired her.
Countless fans, friends and family mourn the loss of Houston and her vocal inspiration.