Death Of A Legend – Whitney Houston Dies Aged 48

12 Feb

The world has been rocked today by last night’s tragic death of singer/actress Whitney Houston.

The global superstar was found in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, paramedics who were in attendance ready for that evening pre Grammy Awards party (to be held at the hotel) attempted to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful. The Bodyguard actress was pronounced dead at 15.55 local time (23.55 GMT).

Houston’s life in recent years had been fraught with substance abuse, and her marriage with Bobby Brown has been described as ‘turbulent’ with allegations of domestic abuse occasionally appearing in the media.

Whitney Houston was born on August 9th 1963, her music career began at the age of 11, when she would perform as a soloist for the Junior Gospel Choir at The New Hope Baptist Church, Newark. At 14 she sang back up vocal’s for the song “Life’s a Party” by the Michael Zager Band, who went on to offer her a recording contract, which was declined by her mother. At 15, Houston provided backing vocals for Chaka Khan’s track “I’m Every Woman” (a song she would later release herself as part of the soundtrack to the infamous Bodyguard movie in which she starred 1992). She also sang backing vocals on albums for Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls. Her debut album, the self titled “Whitney Houston” was released in 1985. She was the ‘golden girl’ of the 80’s and 90’s but by the late 90’s her behaviour had been noted to have changed, cancelling concerts and guest appearances at short notice, and being several hours late for interviews, photoshoots and rehearsals.

Houston has sold over 200,000,000 records worldwide and is recorded to have won over 400 career awards.

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