R.I.P. Whitney Houston…
I knew I was going to have to write this but had no idea how I would begin. I guess I should just start with the fact that the legendary Whitney Houston is dead. She is gone and I, for one, am already missing her terribly. I never ever stopped rooting for Whitney, even when it seemed she was down and out. I was one of the happiest people for her when she made her come-back, and I honestly believed that she would scale even greater heights. So when my husband woke me up on Sunday morning to tell me she was gone, I cried. I cried because of the wasted potential and talent she still had to share with us, with me…
Whitney passed away on Saturday 11/02/2012 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play. Whitney was found just before 4pm PST by a bodyguard in the bathtub of her suite at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Police found bottles of prescription pills in her room, including Xanax. According to reports, Whitney always took Xanax for anxiety before big shows to relax (if taken with alcohol it can cause sedation). At the time, her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were in her room and became worried after she was in the bathroom for over an hour. Her hairdresser went to check on her and found her face submerged under water and legs up as if she slid down the back of the tub. Her bodyguard pulled her out of the tub.
Since her body was out of the tub when EMT showed up, an autopsy has been conducted to find out if the official cause of death was an overdose or a drowning. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Sunday afternoon that an autopsy on pop icon Whitney Houston’s body has been completed, but official results have been placed on hold, pending toxicology tests. Los Angeles Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said at a press conference that the tests could take six to eight weeks to process. Winter added that the Beverly Hills Police Department had requested a “security hold” on the results of the coroner’s investigation, meaning no further details will be made available until the inquiry is complete.
Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston said she spoke to her daughter 20-30 minutes before she died and, at that time, nothing sounded unusual about Whitney’s state of being. She talked about attending Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party that night. She also spoke to her cousin Dionne Warwick hours before making sure they were seated at the same table during the event. Aretha Franklin, her godmother, said in a short statement: “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.”
Whitney’s body was still in the fourth floor hotel suite until around 11pm, which coincidentally was the site of Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy concert. The body was carried out on a gurney while the party was still going on in the hotel (if you are wondering why it took so long to remove the body, the police had to request and obtain a search warrant to enter the room and investigate). Although the Pre-Grammy party was originally said to have been cancelled, it went on as planned with Clive Davis saying, “Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on”
Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown had to be consoled on stage by his bandmates during a New Edition performance in Mississippi tonight. “I will always love you Whitney! The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage,” he said. Later in the show, his voice started to crack as he became overwhelmed with emotions and he walked off stage abruptly. Bobby Brown has left the New Edition Reunion tour to fly to LA to be with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina, 19, has been hospitalized twice since her mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead.
Meanwhile Whitney’s daughter was reportedly denied access to her mothers body. An eye witness recounts seeing her in the hotel lobby, minutes before police drove up and pulled body bags out of their trunks. She was said to have stormed in the lobby followed by a man and seemed extremely pissed off. According to reports, she had gotten into a shouting match with police outside of Whitney’s room when they wouldn’t let her inside of the room (again, this was because they had to obtain a search warrant to enter and investigate).
We all first met Whitney when she burst on the scene in 1985 as Clive Davis’ new protege. At 19 years old, the model turned pop singer quickly became the ‘it’ girl, eventually selling over 170 millions records worldwide. But her career high was the Grammy and Academy Award winning remake of the Dolly Parton classic ‘I Will Always Love You,’ from her acting debut, ‘The Bodyguard’ co-starring Kevin Costner. She had the perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.
Whitney is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina (with ex husband Bobby Brown) and her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston. May God rest her soul in ever lasting peace.