February 11, 2012

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer and model. She is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released 7 studio albums and 3 movie soundtrack albums - all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. On February 9, 2012 Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica together with Clive Davis at their rehearsals for Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day she made her last public performance when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California and sang “Jesus Loves Me”. On February 11 Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel submerged in the bathtub. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On March 22, 2012 the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system - diphenhydramine, alprazolam, cannabis and cyclobenzaprine. The manner of death was listed as an “accident”.