Whitney Houston’s body was found and reported to police from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
Paramedics arrived promptly on the scene and attempted to resusitate her but failed. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
Beverly Hills police LT. Mark Rosen reportedly released that there were “no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time.”
Houston was scheduled on the A-List of performers to make an appearance tonight at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party, a “must-see-and-be-seen” event for celebrities. She also performed at a pre-Grammy party two days prior to her death with Kelly Price.
The Rev. Al Sharpton already plans to hold a national prayer on Sunday morning during a sermon at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles. “The morning of the Grammys,” Rev. Sharpton said in a released written statement, “the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird.”
Tonight, barely an hour ago, the news started to blaze over the Internet like a fire, flipping from web pages, to blogs and social networks, and then finally spreading from phone call to phone call. The news of it stretched over everyone the same way her voice did; the same way Whitney Houston’s soulful crooning and enchanting charisma spread infectiously. But it will not anymore, as it was announced by her publicist that the renowned Pop and R&B songstress was found dead today at the young age of 48.
The cause and exact time and place of her death is still unknown, as Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, states.
Best known for her heart-stopping and soul-felt music produced in the 1980s and 1990s, and for her performances in movies “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Bodyguard”, Houston was a powerful icon of music, fashion and femininity.
She was originally planning a comeback concert in 2009 but could not rise high enough about the spreading rumors that she was still under the influence of drugs. Still, she fought against the rumors and released her “I Look to You” album in in August 2009 that quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling 304,000 copies in the first seven days after its release. In 2010, she launched her “I Look to You” tour in Asia, Australia and Europe.
Though many fans panned at her performances comparing her vocals to that of her legendary rise in the late 90s, none can deny her warrior spirit that delivered her to stardom, tragedy and then back into the spotlight as one of music’s strongest and eternal performers.