On February 11th, 2012, at 3:55 PM PST (6:55 PM EST), Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The cause of death, according to publicist Kristen Foster, is still unknown at this time (12:06 AM PST, 3:06 AM EST). Her shocking end came about on the night before the Grammys, the biggest music event of the year to be hosted at that same hotel. She was 48 years old.
Houston is probably best known as one of the best American singers in all of... well, all of history. Titled as "the most awarded female act of all time" by the Guinness World Records organization, she had become an icon for the R&B industry, much like her godmother Aretha Franklin. She will be missed by the majority of the music industry and music lovers alike.
Her roots have spread down through inspired artists such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera, among many, many others. Unfortunately, she is also infamous for using drugs with her then-husband Bobby Brown in the 90's, causing her to become frail and undependable at times.
"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston said of herself when she was interviewed in 2002 alongside Bobby Brown. It appears she knew how destructive her habits were, and that in the end it might come to her vs. herself -- whether or not she would be able to completely recover from those years of bad habits.
As more news is revealed, this page will be updated.