Whitney Houston dies at 48
Singer Whitney Houston has died this afternoon, as reported by the Associated Press:
Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
The popstar, known for her excesses with drugs and her turbulent relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, has died inside a Beverly Hilton hotel at 3.55 PM, according to TMZ. A member of her retinue called hotel security after finding her in her room. Paramedics performed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation without success.
Even though there were no crime signs, an investigation has been set underway.
She was expected to show up at a studio for a photo shoot in the afternoon and to attend Clive Davis‘ Annual Grammy Party in the evening, (...).
Houston's voice always set her apart from the rest, but her career was cut short by the alcohol and narcotics abuse. Last May, her publicist admitted she had entered a rehab clinic to overcome her addictions in 2010, forcing her to cancel part of the "Nothing But Love" Tour.
The artist had accumulated six Grammy awards, two Emmys, 30 Billboards and 22 music awards in the USA during her career. She sold over 170 million of records around the world.
Although her first album "Whitney", recorded in 1985, led her to fame, "I will always love you" is the song that made her stay at the top of USA music charts for 20 consecutive weeks.
Reactions to Whitney Houston's death
Friends and fans has reacted to Houston's death in Twitter. With hashtags like #DearWhitney or R.I.P Whitney Houston, condolences succeed at high pace. Some of the public persons to send the artist a last farewell so far have been:
Mariah Carey: “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.”
Demi Lovato: “This can’t be true… One of my idols gone?? No. This is so unbelievably sad. #RIPWhitneyHouston.”
Christina Aguilera: “We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney’s family. She will be missed.”
Duran Duran: “Very sad to hear about Whitney Houston. Rest in peace.”
Naya Rivera: “Oh my gosh. I’m speechless. R.I.P. Whitney Houston.”
Rihanna: “No words! Just tears #DearWhitney”
Ludacris: “R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON. ONE OF THE PUREST SOULS I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE.”
Rico Love: “R.I.P Whitney Houston. 1 of the greatest voices EVER! I hope ppl can show respect for her legacy & only say positive things.”
Charice: “One of my heroes, Whitney Houston. I will always love you.. RIP.”
Russell Simmons: “deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston…may she rest in peace.”
Ryan Seacrest: “At Grammys rehearsal hearing Whitney Houston has passed away at 48. Everyone here is absolutely stunned.”
B.o.B: “I remember ALL my mom played were her albums. She was a presence I grew up with, I cant believe it…. Rest In Peace and Have Eternal Life.”
Sean Kingston: “One Of The Greatest Voices.. Huge Inspiration!!!… SMH Sad News Man Messed up the Whole Day!”
Boy George: “Whitney is dead, OMG, I’m so heartbroken. You were amazing and I hope you have found peace!”
Wynter Gordon: “Whitney was one of the greatest talents talents ever lived. Her music lives on.”
Missy Elliott: “This is such a sad moment! I’m speechless I have no words of what I’m feeling right now. Rest in Peace Whitney Houstan I love u.”
Akon: “We’ve lost another Legend. RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON. I’m Honored to have had the chance to work with such an amazing human being.”
Jay Sean: Just heard the tragic news of Whitney Houston’s passing. This is such a huge loss to music. She was the true definition of a vocalist. So sad.”
Paula Abdul: “I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated at the news about Whitney Houston. Such a tragic, tragic loss.”
Rye Rye: “Really don’t wanna believe it but it’s true..only thing we can do is accept it! She lives forever..her and that beautiful voice LOVE.”
Mashable is also reporting on Twitter reactions.