RIP to singing legend Whitney Houston, who passed away last night while staying at a hotel in Los Angeles. She was staying in LA prior to the Grammy’s, where she was found in her room. Early reports from websites including TMZ have suggested that police sealed off the room prior to an investigation, although there has been no confirmation as yet if drugs were involved.
Houston’s biggest success came in the 1992 film The Bodyguard, alongside actor Kevin Costner, and she also signed in 2001 a £64 million deal to record six albums; a record at the time for the industry. She performed a duet with Mariah Carey on the song “When You Believe” for the animated film The Prince of Egypt, and during her career sold over 50 million singles and 140 million albums. Her version of the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You” which featured on the soundtrack for the Bodyguard, spent 14 weeks at the top of the US Billboard chart and sold 400,00 copies in its’ first week alone.
However, in later years her talent was overshadowed by issues with alcohol and drugs, as well as issues with former husband Booby Brown and their split in 2006. A comeback in 2009 did not go to plan with appearances on shows such as the X Factor showing the singer in a disorientated and confused state and causing her fans to become concerned.
The police investigation is now set to begin, and will no doubt be followed by fans and gossip columns worldwide. However, let’s hope that whatever issues and problems she had, the singer is now at peace from it all. RIP Whitney. We’ll always love you.
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