It’s with such great sadness (and shock) that I write this tonight. Whitney Houston has died, too soon, at 48 years old.
Kristen Foster (her publicist) confirmed the tragic news today, Saturday, shortly before Whitney was supposed to sing at Clive Davis’s yearly pre-Grammy party, at the Beverly Hilton.
Here’s what Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant, Mark Rosen, has told People Magazine:
I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills Fire and police responded minutes later…. It’s unclear who notified hotel staff because she has quite an entourage here at the hotel. We attempted to resuscitate her, to no avail.
The question on everyone’s mind, given Whitney’s history of drug troubles is, of course: Were there drugs or substance abuse involved? Rosen says, “We don’t know yet, her death is under investigation.”
The 6-time Grammy-award winner was just seen out on the town earlier this week. So her death is a shock to everyone.
She has a movie due out in theatres this summer: Sparkle, co-staring Jordin Sparks (Whitney looks beautiful in the IMDB movie still). According to People, it’s been 15 years since Whitney’s been on the big screen.
Whitney leaves behind her daughter, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, with ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Growing up, I was probably most inspired by Whitney’s music. I have countless memories tangled up in her songs. The song “I Have Nothing,” from The Bodyguard soundtrack, makes me think of evenings growing up…. Probably because we used to warm up on the bar to that song during Tuesday-night dance classes. So so many memories.
And I danced in the talent show at camp to “I Want to Dance with Somebody.” It always pumped me up….
What are some of your Whitney memories…?
Very very sad. I can’t even believe this. Hugs….