In the midst of award season, with the Grammy’s and the BET Honors, just around the corner, everyone is now grasping the death of R&B Leagend, Whitney Houston. The pop star was found dead in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday at only 48 years old.
Houston, had a long time public struggle with drugs, addiction, and alchohol, but always managed to bounce back. Last May, her spokesperson said that Houston would be returing to rehab.
The Times reported that before her death Houston had apparently been acting strange, “bouncing around a ballroom and doing handstands near a hotel pool.” Despite her stange behavior, investigators do not suspect foul play regarding her death, but have not released the official cause of death. An autopsy is expected with the next 24 hours.
On Sunday morning, a blurry eyed, saddened Ray J was spotted inside the Beverly Hilton lobby, being consoled by friends, repeating “Whitney dead.” The singer, who had been dating Houston on and off, was wearing his hood over his head and left in the passenger seat of a red Farrari.
The LA times reported, “Paramedics performed CPR for about 20 minutes before the pop star was declared dead. The Beverly Hills Fire Department said it was called to the hotel about 3:30 p.m. and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.”
Ex-husband, Bobby Brown, 43, released an offical statment, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my ex-wife, Whitney Houston.” The former New Edition member said that he is very thankful for all the condolances for him and his family during this difficult time.
Houston left behind one daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, who had to be rushed to the hospital after hearing of her mother’s death. The teen was taken to Cedards-Sinai hospital in LA, reported TMZ.
The death of the music icon comes at a very significant time in the music industry, Grammy season. The pop star is reportedly being honored at the Grammy’s in a very “respectful musical trubite,” performed by Jennifer Hudson.
“It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years,” said Ehrlich, a key figure in the Grammys since the early 1980s.