No … NO! I am … in total shock. Just moments ago the Associated Press announced on Twitter that singer Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. I absolutely did not believe it … no way. There are far too many death hoaxes on Twitter that I refused to believe it … but, I’m sad to say … the news is true. Whitney has died :(
Here is the AP tweet about Whitney‘s death:
TMZ has confirmed the news as true but there is, thus far, no information about the cause of death … they do clarify that she died this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel:
Whitney Houston died this afternoon … a rep for the singer told the Associated Press. Paramedics were called to the Beverly Hilton today when Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room … sources tell TMZ. We’re told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on another call. According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM. Our sources say there were to signs of foul play. We’re told she was ID’ed by family and friends. The singer famously battled drug addiction for years. Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album “Whitney” was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide. Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana. Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007. We spotted Whitney out just last weekend with on-again/off-again beau Ray-J
Whitney was spotted in the Beverly Hilton hotel lobby last night/earlier today and was set to attend Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy party at the hotel tonight — where expected guests include Britney Spears, Cee Lo, David Guetta, Tom Hanks and others. And just this week we learned she was approached by The X Factor to become a judge.
Meanwhile Ray J, the singer (and Brandy‘s younger brother) who’s had an on-again off-again relationship with Whitney, was reported to have been the one who found her body but that seems to be a rumor and not true. Interestingly just this week in an interview he described their relationship as a “friendship … that’s my friend,” and refused to acknowledge there was a romance. He also described her condition as “great.”
I know Whitney was spotted at a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night and, well, every single report focused on how unwell she looked. As always, I just overlooked those reports as frivolous, unimportant information. At this point, we cannot be sure what the cause of death is but … I’m in shock — complete and utter shock!!! I am having a very hard time believing this … I am literally shaking as I type this. I’m just … heartbroken :(
I will do my best to update as more information is made available. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Whitney‘s family, especially her daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Shock … in complete shock :(