AT A GLANCE….Whitney Elizabeth Houston: ~Won 415 Awards… ~2 Emmys Awards…. ~6 Grammys Awards… ~22 American Music Awards…. ~30 Billboard Awards… ~300,000,000 Albums Sold… ~But now she’s no more…. ~(August 9,1963 -February 11,2012)..
When the news broke to the world that the music top celebrity and actress, Whitney Houston had passed on, the expectations in many circles were her death must have been drug and drink related.
But so far, no illegal drugs have been found in the hotel room where she died — at least not yet — but prescription drugs were present in the hotel room of Beverly Hilton, where her body had been discovered.
Now, the first hint of the cause of her death was and possibly a slip in her bathtub which led to the singer drowning in the bathtub. Celebrity online Entertainment news forum EMTs reported there has been no traces of drug as Police dug into the cause of her death.
Sources told EMTs that Whitney’s body was already removed from the bathtub so it will take an autopsy to determine if she drowned after unconsciousness from her slip or or died from some other causes.
Informed sources tols the magazine that Beverly Hills cops — who were still searching the room at the time this story was posted — found various pill bottles, notably prescribed ones. There was no evidence that Whitney was drinking alcohol either in the room.
Whitney’s body was just removed from the room on a gurney. It will go to the morgue for an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Meanwhile, Stars of the music industry have been paying their respects to Whitney Houston, who was found dead in her LA hotel room aged 48 on Saturday.
Mitch Winehouse, father of the late Amy Winehouse, paid tribute to Houston and the recently deceased Etta James on Twitter, writing: “Amy, Etta, Whitney. Their music will NEVER die. What a great girl group in heaven. Mitch”.
Cheryl Cole also took to Twitter, simply writing: “So sad :-(”
Showbiz journalist Dan Wootton paid tribute to a star with an incredible voice, but powerful demons: “She will be remembered as one of the voices of the 1980s and 1990s.
“She was a powerhouse, but unfortunately for the last ten years we have witnessed her slow decline.
“It’s something that no one would have expected. There are parallels to the shocking death of Amy Winehouse six months ago. You have to wonder what attracts these incredible voices on a path of self destruction that so often involved drug abuse.”
Dolly Parton issued a statement through her publicist: “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston.
“I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.”
Music Mogul Simon Cowell said he expected Saturday’s Grammy awards to become a tribute to the singer, describing her as a “trailblazer and “legend”.
He told a radio station: “I’m sure they are going to move quickly and I understand and I expect this is to become, as it should be, a tribute to her because you have to remember a lot of the people who are going to be getting awards at the Grammys, they owe an awful lot of their success, I believe, to Whitney, because Whitney was a trailblazer
“It’s a night she deserves to be remembered fondly.”
Whitney made a guest appearance on the British X Factor in 2009 following an invite from Cowell.
Clive Davis, recording industry executive who helped launch Houston’s career
“I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on”.
Aretha Franklin, Houston’s godmother, in a 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. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby”.
Mariah Carey, on Twitter
Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms Whitney Houston.
Simon Cowell, in an interview with Heart FM
It is just really, really, really horrible. We all knew that she had issues and I last met her when she came on X
Factor in England when she was doing her comeback album and you could sense at the time there were a still few problems, but she was a delight to work with on the day, she was very professional, she was kind to everyone around her, she probably wasn’t altogether there, but it was still Whitney Houston and you know that you are in a presence of a legend and I will never forget that day.
There are so few people like her in the world. They are a rarefied breed, these are true superstar, legendary divas and I say divas in the nicest possible way. She had one of the greatest voices I have ever heard in my life, ever.
Quincy Jones, music producer, in a statement
“I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing. I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.
Lionel Richie, in an interview with CNN
“She was just a gift in voice … She was just so innocent in the business, and that voice was so pure and her life was so pure. That’s what I’m holding on to. I think what we’re going to do in the long run of her life story is focus on the voice, not the tragedy, but the voice.
Barbra Streisand, in a statement
“She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us”.
Mitch Winehouse, the father of late British singer Amy Winehouse
Amy, Etta, Whitney. Their music will NEVER die. What a great girl group in heaven. Mitch
Barry Manilow, in a statement
I can’t believe that Whitney is gone. We spent more than 20 great years together at Arista Records with our friend and mentor, Clive Davis. My heart goes out to her family, to Clive, and to everyone who knew and loved this amazingly talented and beautiful artist. I will always love her.
Peter Waterman, songwriter, in interview with the BBC
She dominated the 80s. She had one of the greatest voices of all time. There isn’t any better. There is a point where an artist just becomes so powerful that you just can’t tell them what to do and if you’re vulnerable it can be a nasty world.
Smokey Robinson, in a statement
I’ve known Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her
Rihanna, on Twitter
No words, just tears.
Berry Gordy, Motown founder, in a statement
“Whitney Houston was not only an amazing artist but also a beautiful person. She was so smart and her knowledge and appreciation for the musical art form was remarkable”.
Katy Perry, on Twitter
“So devastating. We will always love you Whitney, RIP”.
Reports Sourced from: guardian, EMTs