Whitney Houston – Biography
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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress.
She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.
On Thursday, 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 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“. Whitney Houston – Wikipedia.org
Two days later, on February 11, Whitney Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m., found Houston unresponsive, and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST.
The cause of death was not immediately known; but local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner‘s Office reported that Houston’s death was caused by 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.
She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know. Subsequently Houston influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.
Whitney Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high
Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. (September 13, 1920 – February 2, 2003), and gospel singer Emily “Cissy” (Drinkard) Houston. Her elder brother Michael is a singer, and her elder half-brother Gary Garland is former basketball player.
Through her mother, Houston was a first cousin of singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick. Her godmother was Darlene Love and her honorary aunt was Aretha Franklin, whom she met at age 8 or 9 when her mother took her to a recording studio. Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church.
After the 1967 Newark riots, when she was four, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey. Her parents’ marriage later ended in divorce.
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