On the evening that she was to make an appearance at Clive Davis’s annual pre-grammy party we learn of the death of legendary R&B singer Whitney Houston. The 48-year old singer and actress who is the only artist to ever have seven consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with such hits as, “Saving All My Love”, “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All” to name a few.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster released a statement acknowledging that she had passed away but did not mention on the cause of the death or the location of death.
Musicians are turning to the internet such for tribute to the artist such as Lenny Kravitz who tweeted, “Whitney. Rest in peace. There will never be another like you. Lenny” and Katy Perry who could only tweet, “Noooooooo”. Her influence was for reaching even to a newer generation of musicians such as Demi Lovato who tweeted, “I Look To You – Whitney Houston…. :'(”
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, NJ the youngest of three children of John Houston and gospel singer Cissy Houston. Houston began following her mother’s footsteps and started performing as a soloist in the choir at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark . In 1978 at 15 years old, she snag a spot as a backup sing for Chaka Khan’s hit, “I’m Every Women” a song she sang in the film, The Bodyguard. Clive Davis told Good Morning America, “The time that I first saw her singing in her mother’s act in a club … it was such a stunning impact.” In the 80’s she soured to fame with her powerful vocals. She would also perform on the silver screen in film such as The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale.
She struggled in her later career with bouts of substance abuse. Houston said to ABC reporter Diane Sawyer with her ex-husband Bobby Brown on her side, “The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.” Her and Bobby Brown would divorce in 2007.
Recently Houston was working on a comeback with new music and planning a tour. CNN is reporting that she was discovered in her room at the Beverly Hilton by her bodyguard around 4pm this afternoon.
She leaves behind a daughter with her ex-husband brown and her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dion Warwick.