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What really killed Whitney Houston (photos)

by | 12th, February 2012

WHITNEY Houston is dead. The singer was just 48. Why? How? Where? The news media knows…maybe…


Whitney Houston’s body was found in her Beverly Hills hotel room. It was on the hotel’s fourth floor.

She was in the bathtub.

Who found her?

Her bodyguard.


3.55pm February 11 2012.

Whitney Houston – a life in photos

How did she die?

Her spokesman says there were “no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death”.

TMZ speculates:

No illegal drugs have been found in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died — at least not yet — but prescription drugs were present, and it’s possible the singer drowned in the bathtub … TMZ has learned.  Sources tell us … when EMTs arrived Whitney’s body was already removed from the bathtub so it will take an autopsy to determine if she OD’d, drowned or died from some other cause.

Such are the, er, facts.

Daily Mail:

Legendary singer and film star Whitney Houston drowned alone in a bathtub after two back-to-back evenings of out-of-control binges, it has been claimed. The star was found dead by her bodyguard in a luxury hotel suite said to have been littered with bottles of prescription pills.

Maybe she was drowned in the bathtub by Mossad?

She did not drown:

“She was underwater and apparently unconscious,” Beverly Hills police said in a statement yesterday. “Ms Houston was pulled from the tub by members of her staff and hotel security was promptly notified.”

Was it the drugs war that dunnit?

Nick Gillespie asks:

Does prohibition – which demonstrably fails to keep illegal drugs out of the hands of people who want them – simply make it that much harder for people like Houston to admit and seek problems for their problems? Everyone knows that it’s no easy thing for addicts or problem users of anything to admit they need help. Does criminalizing the behavior on top of everything else make it that much harder to for such people to seek the help they need?

The night before

Whitney Houston “partied heavily” at the Beverly Hilton hotel with a group of friends … hotel staff tell TMZ.

“We’re told Whitney and her friends were in the bar for a time and the group was drinking and very loud. Our sources say even though the hotel is busy with all the Grammy festivities, Whitney and her group stood out because they were so boisterous” – TMZ

The drugs

“Whitney Houston, the pop diva who had been plagued by addiction to crack cocaine in recent years has died aged 48, her publicist announced early today” – Times begins its tribute with those drugs.

The obituary

From a music dynasty, the daughter of the singer Cissy Houston was the golden girl of the music industry in the 1980s and 1990s and her record Whitney was the first album by a female artist to debut at No 1 on the Billboard charts. She was a cousin of Dionne Warwick and god-daughter to Aretha Franklin.

She leaves behind a daughter called Bobbi Kristina.


This is hard to top:

Toronto Star theater critic Richard Ouzounian: “Whitney Houston saw rough waters on shared cruise”:

For a fleeting moment, I entertained the fantasy of meeting her on deck and saying ‘Ms. Houston, loved you in The Bodyguard,’ but nothing like that ever occurred. In fact, we hardly ever saw her again, but she managed to cast a shadow over our holiday in her own distinctive way. […] The cruise finally ended, we all went our separate ways to our separate destinies and, apart from using it as an anecdote on occasions, I never thought about it until Houston’s death on Saturday night.

At the Grammy Awards, US singer Jennifer Hudson will perform a “respectful musical tribute” at the ceremony.

Houston had won more awards than any other female singer.

“Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs… A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice” – Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, which presents the annual Grammy Awards.

“Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth” – Mariah Carey

“No words! Just tears #DearWhitney” – Rihanna

“Wow. RIP Whitney Houston. Grew up on her. She contributed to the soundtrack of many of my 12-year old sleepover parties” – Elizabeth Banks

“This is the saddest thing I’ve ever had to write in my life, R I P to one of the greatest humans that I have ever known Whitney Houston” – Wyclef Jean

“Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she’s singing with angels now” – LeAnn Rimes

“R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Thank you for the amazing music you brought into the world” – Mark Zuckerberg

“Stunned by Whitney Houston’s death at just 48. One of the greatest voices ever heard. #RIP.” – Piers Morgan

“Just heard Whitney Houston passed away. Many prayers go out to her family and all who are grieving the loss of an icon” – Khloe Kardashian

The awards

Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album “Whitney” was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums worldwide.

Whitney Houston – a life in photos

The music

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