Whitney Houston, legendary singer, actress and producer, passed away on Saturday afternoon in her room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was 48 years old. Over the span of her career, Ms. Houston amassed over 415 awards, including 2 Emmy’s, 6 GRAMMYs, 22 American Music Awards, and 30 Billboard Awards. She was also selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but unfortunately never set a date for the dedication. To date, she’s sold over 300 Million albums, and upon the news of her death, her album sales have spiked yet again. She’s survived by her mother, gospel legend Cissy Houston, and her 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, whom she shared with ex-husband Bobby Brown.
While no official cause of death has been determined, TMZ reports that initial reports from the coroner’s office suggest that Ms. Houston may have died from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. Full toxicology reports won’t be completed for 4-6 weeks.
On a personal note, I would hope that Whitney Houston would be remembered for her contributions to music. She paved the way for singers everywhere, and her incomparable voice will never be forgotten.