Whitney Houston, 48, found dead

“Singer Whitney Houston, who reigned as one of the world’s top pop stars in the 1980s and ’90s but suffered from recurring bouts with drugs and alcohol, was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday,” according to the L.A. Times.

“Law enforcement sources told The Times that paramedics arrived at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Houston was staying, and found her dead. Her cause of death was unknown, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is ongoing.

“Houston, 48, was in the Los Angeles area for a musical tribute for music executive Clive Davis and had performed earlier this week.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

8 thoughts on “Whitney Houston, 48, found dead”

  1. I saw Whitney Houston at the San Diego Civic Center in 1985. Ms. Houston was remarkable. She had the voice of her gospel roots. What a tragedy that for some once drugs get hold of them nothing can ever be the same.

    1. It’s interesting that the fact that nothing ever is “the same” is what causes most sensitive people to use. Whether its alcohol or something else its perceived to keep the “winds of change” at bay…until it doesn’t. Jennifer Hudson will be making a tribute to Ms. Huston on the Grammy’s this evening. I look forward to it.

      Kate

      1. Very perceptive Kate. If one has ever lived with someone is (or has been) addicted to drugs or alcohol they know that the desire to create a place that is “the same as it was” is a powerful draw.

  2. What a shame. I always remember one of the heroin users I knew back in NY warning, “Don’t do it, it’s just too good”. Don’t know if smack played a direct role in her death, but it takes its toll over the years. And as a Giants fan, will never forget her setting the standard for near perfection when singing The Star Spangled Banner for the Super Bowl vs Buffalo.

  3. It is very easy to imagine that Heaven’s choir just got a whole lot better.
    May the world’s many tributes to her beauty and talent comfort her family in their loss.

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