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R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON: Super Star Found Dead in her Hotel Room Aged 48

Sunday, 12 February 2012

This really wouldn't be much of an entertainment blog if I didn't mention something about the unfortunate passing of Whitney Houston, personally I was never her biggest fan but the lady had talent, no one is denying that. However on Saturday 11th February 2012 the legend Whitney Houston was found dead aged 48 in her Beverly Hilton Hotel room, she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm (local time) after Detectives and Paramedics had made unsuccsesful attempts to revive the star. No cause of death has been confirmed and I'm certainly not going to add to any of the rumour mills, the one thing that comes straight to everyones mind is drugs & alcohol as Whitney has had well documented problems with both. If either of the two is the cause then it's likely to take 6 to 8 weeks for toxicology reports to come back.

Whitney was staying at the Beverley Hilton as a guest and should have been attending this evenings Grammy Awards in L.A. From what I have read on the matter Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson will be performing a song in her memory at tonights ceremony.

Houston's roots lay in Soul and Gospel music and during the 80's and early 90's she was considered the best pop singer in the world, her biggest hit of them all "I will always Love You" was written for her by Country Music legend Dolly Parton. I habe no doubt come tonight's chart that song may well be in the top 10 on downloads alone, lets have a look at the video and remind ourselves of the biggest hit she ever had.

Houston's career was certainly an impressive one, her awards read as follows 170 million records sold worldwide, 11 US number 1's and 4 UK number 1's, six Grammy awards including three for best female pop vocal performance. She won 30 Billboard awards and 22 American Music Awards, the video you have just watched above "I Will Always Love You" is the biggest selling single from a female artist of all time.

Houston's mother Cissy was also a singer, and Whitney is the cousin of Dionne Warwick  as well as being the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, she was always going to be a singer. In 2007 the star divorced from her husband Bobby Brown, with drug addiction and domestic abuse being the root of their problems. Bobby was performing when he heard the news and was said to be distraught. The couple had a daughter together named Bibbi Kristina who is about 20 years old.

Tonight's Grammy awards will no doubt be an emotional affair especially when Jennifer Hudson gets up to perform in a tribute to Whitney Houston, I will be reviewing (that's maybe not the right word) the performance through the week, don't really see it being a bad tribute as Jennifer Hudson is a massive star in her own right.

As well as being a massively succsesful recording artist Whitney Houston also graced the silver screen in theaters and our home TV screens with many acting jobs under her belt, her most notable performance and the only one I've seen is The Bodyguard where she starred alongside Kevin Costner, as well as all the Grammys her on screen efforts didn't go unrecognised and Whitney Houston also won many awards in this field. Sony pictures have also recently announced that they will be releasing "Sparkle" Whitney's final movie role in summer 2012, the movie itself is loosly based on The Supremes.
Like I said above I was never the biggest Whitney Houston fan but her songs are instantly recognisable by just about anyone in the world, even if you don't know the song you will recognise the voice. She was a massive star and will be leaving a huge hole in the music industry, I leave you with what was probably my favourite song from Whitney's abck catalouge, enjoy.

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