Whitney Houston was found dead in her LA hotel room yesterday just a few hours before her booked appearance at tonight’s ‘Grammy‘ awards. She was found unconscious by her bodyguard in her hotel room at the ‘Beverly Hilton‘, and had reportedly drowned in her bathtub.
The emergency services were called to resuscitate her, but after 20 minutes of unresponsive CPR, they announced her death at 3.55pm, which was later confirmed by publicist Kristen Foster. Despite reports emerging that the death was not drug related, some say that prescription pills were found in the room. She drank heavily with friends the night before, and was seen at rehearsals on Thursday smelling of cigarettes and alcohol.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina was inconsolable after being denied access to her mother’s hotel room. Ex-husband Bobby Brown was said to be crying hysterically upon hearing the news, yet appeared on stage yesterday just a few hours later, and cried out ‘I love you, Whitney!’ in the middle of the concert.
Whitney won 6 ‘Grammy‘ awards, 2 ‘Emmy‘ awards, 30 ‘Billboard Music Awards‘, and 22 ‘American Music Awards‘, and sold 170 million albums worldwide.
Famous friends of the diva have left some comments online: “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston,” said Mariah Carey. Simon Cowell called her a “true diva with one of the best voices I have head in my life ever.” Rihanna tweeted: “No words! Just tears. I honestly can’t think of anything else! Feels so strange being at the ‘Grammy‘ rehearsal right now!”
Her personal life took a turn for the worst at the peak of her career, and she became heavily dependent on cocaine, marijuana and pills, which ultimately ruined her voice. Jennifer Hudson will sing a tribute to her at tonight’s show.