Music Legend Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Rucuss staffFebruary 13, 2012


Pop icon and legend Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday.
Houston, who ruled the charts and is considered the Queen of Pop, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel in Los Angeles. She was 48.
Beverly Hills Police Department later issued a statement:”Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the scene by members of her entourage which included friends, co-workers, and family. Ms. Houston’s daughter and mother were notified of her death.”

The statement also added that “the investigation is currently being conducted” and that “there is no additional information at this time.”

The actual cause of death will be determined by the L.A. Co. Coroner’s office. An autopsy will be conducted within the next couple of days.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.

The R&B singer and six-time Grammy winner was due to make an appearance at Clive Davis’s gala on Saturday night at the Hilton. Houston will make a final appearance on the big screen playing the mother of singing sisters in ‘Sparkle,’ a remake of the 1976 film loosely based on the career of The Supremes.

Houston’s final recordings will be heard in the film, which Sony will release Aug. 17 as planned. She sings the gospel classic “Eyes on the Sparrow” and duets with Jordin Sparks who stars as the title character on a new R. Kelly song, “Celebrate,” over the end credits.

Whitney, who sold 170 million albums, singles and videos, was 21 when she exploded onto the pop scene in 1985 with the ballad “You Give Good Love.” She followed that with a run of seven consecutive No. 1 singles that include “Saving All My Love for You” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” She beat the record of six shared by The Beatles and The Bee Gees. She went on to rack up 11 chart-topping singles, tied with Rihanna for sixth-most in the history on the Hot 100.

Houston was one of the world’s biggest stars when she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XXV in 1991. Her performance was released as a single and made the national top 20.

Houston reached the pinnacle of her career in 1992. She starred opposite Kevin Costner, who was among the biggest leading men in Hollywood, in the Bodyguard. The movie grossed $121.9 million domestically and a staggering $411 million worldwide. The soundtrack led to Houston rivaling Michael Jackson as the biggest star in pop music.

The album spent 20 weeks atop the Billboard chart and  featured “I Will Always Love You,” Houston’s soulful rendition of the song Dolly Parton wrote and took to the top of the country charts in 1974. The single spent 14 weeks at No. 1, shattering the record of 11 held by Elvis Presley’s for 26 years two-sided “Hound Dog”/“Don’t Be Cruel.”

Whitney, you will be missed!


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