The most awarded female artist of all time, Whitney Houston, passed away Saturday, February 11th, 2012.
“She was underwater and apparently unconscious,” the Beverly Hills Police Department said in their initial statement. As the investigation continued, it became clear that Whitney did not die from drowning but instead from an overdose of Xanax and other prescription medications mixed with alcohol. Coroner officials indicated that the water in her lungs was not substantial enough to conclude that she drowned. Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed the singer died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., from a toxic combination of powerful prescription narcotics.
News of the singer’s death was apparently first publicly announced via twitter by user Aja Dior M., who tweeted, “my aunt..found Whitney Houston dead in the tub.”
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was not only a very talented singer, but also an actress, producer and model. Her first acting role was as the star in the movie “The Bodyguard”. The single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in history, and the album became the first album ever to sell more than one million copies in a single week.
Whitney was also known as the “Queen of Pop”, and was the recipient of more than 415 awards as of 2010, including two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, Thirty Billboard Music Awards, and Twenty Two American Music Awards. By all standards, including the Guinness World Records, she is the most awarded female artist of all time. Not only the most awarded, but also one of the best selling music artists, with over 200 million albums and singles sold worldwide.
Since the news of her death, warm wishes from artists and friends have started pouring in:
Aretha Franklin – “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”
Mariah Carey - “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend … She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.
Dolly Parton – “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’.”
Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records who originally signed Whitney to the label which she stayed with her entire career reflected at his annual Grammy party. – “So, by now sadly, we have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotions. Not in front of this room full of so many dear friends,” Davis began. “I do have a very heavy heart and I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life.”
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