On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston drowned in a foot of water in her hotel bathtub — the day before she was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards.
Whitney Houston passed away on February 11, 2012, the day before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, at the Beverly Hilton. Since Clive Davis signed her to his label 30 years prior, it had become a tradition for him to host a party the night before the awards at the hotel. However, Houston would not qualify this year.
Mary Jones, Houston’s longtime assistant, left her suite earlier that day to find a dress for the singer, only to return to find her facedown and unresponsive in the bathtub. The Beverly Hills Fire Department arrived at 1:35 p.m. and performed CPR on Whitney Houston for twenty minutes before declaring her dead at 4 p.m.
The bathroom was filled with drug paraphernalia, but Houston’s prescription medications had been moved, and her driver’s license was gone. According to the coroner’s report, she was “acutely intoxicated from cocaine” and this “contributed” to her unintentional death. Jones believed however that foul play was involved.
And to this day, there are numerous unanswered questions regarding Whitney Houston’s 48-year-old death at the Beverly Hilton.
Incredible Fame Rise Of Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 9, 1963. Her father, John, was a city employee and an Army veteran, while her mother, Emily Drinkard, was a gospel singer and Dionne Warwick’s cousin. Drinkard had provided background vocals for Aretha Franklin, whom Houston met as a child.
Houston appeared to have innate talent at a young age and began singing in church with a professional’s dedication. In her teenage years, her voice had become so potent that Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls hired her as a backup singer. Soon after, record producers called.
In 1982, when Clive Davis offered Whitney Houston a record deal with Arista Records, he had already turned Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel into superstars. At age 21, Houston released her self-titled debut album in 1985 and soared to fame with hits such as “The Greatest Love” and “How Will I Know.”
Whitney’s sophomore album garnered her a Grammy Award for “I Want to Dance with Somebody” thanks to her angelic voice and unmatched passion. She became a musical icon over the course of a decade.
However, it was also a time when recreational cocaine use was rampant in the entertainment industry, and as her star power grew, so did her fatal addictions. Her drug use increased dramatically after marrying singer Bobby Brown in 1992.
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What Detectives Discovered In The Hotel Room
Whitney Houston was ready to attend both the annual pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis on February 11 and the awards ceremony the following day when she checked into her Beverly Hilton suite in February 2012. Her family later revealed that she had resumed her cocaine use.
A day before attending the pre-party, Houston had a premonition. Bobbi Kristina Brown, her 18-year-old daughter, was discovered sleeping in the bathtub and saved from drowning. Brandi Boyd, who is Whitney Houston’s goddaughter, said that the 18-year-old could have died in a matter of seconds.
“Whitney stated that God told her to check on Krissi.” “Her mother was her literal savior. My godmother would not have gone into the bathroom at that exact moment.
Whitney Houston passed away the following day and was discovered with a “bloody purge coming from her nose.” The 42-page coroner’s report would come out on March 22, 2012, and it would say that Whitney Houston drowned, had atherosclerotic heart disease, and used cocaine.
Additionally, the coroner’s office explained that she was discovered in a bathtub filled with water and with the faucets turned off. There was drug-related stuff in the bathroom, like a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a roll of white paper.
The report on Whitney Houston’s death also noted the presence of twelve bottles of prescription medication. Five different physicians had prescribed Xanax, Benadryl, and the muscle relaxant Flexeril. Houston’s system contained traces of marijuana and cocaine, and her bedroom contained an open bottle of champagne, two beers, and loose pills.
Whitney Houston was found dead with a wig on her head. Her body had scars from breast enlargement surgery and signs that defibrillators were used to try to bring her back to life at the scene.
How Did Whitney Houston Die?
Mary Jones, Whitney Houston’s assistant, discovered her body. She had spent the entire day with Houston and had only gone out for a few minutes to pick up a dress for the pre-Grammys party before returning to find Houston in the bathtub with her wig still on her head. She had no idea what was going on.
“Someone was in the room with her, had given her these drugs, found her drowned in the bath, turned off the taps, and left the room,” Jones said.
In his report on Whitney Houston’s death, forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht noted in his report on her death that the bathtub water had reached 93.5 degrees, hot enough to leave burn marks on her skin, and that he didn’t believe she drowned.
Wecht said. “I believe she fell into this very hot water, which explains the bruise on her left forehead, some other pressure markings on her face, including a slight lip laceration, and the fact that she is lying face down,” she said.
“I believe this lady fell into the water while unconscious, dead, or dying.” I don’t believe she died of drowning, but I can’t rule out the possibility that she was in agony and had her head submerged in water, which would have certainly contributed to her death. “
While Houston’s purse contained her wallet, the coroner stated that the singer’s “California driver’s license had been removed from the wallet, which was inside the purse prior to my arrival.”
“The majority of the decedent’s prescription medication bottles had also been removed from a brown bag that was on top of the table in the southeast corner of the living room, and then placed on top of that same table prior to my arrival.”
Whitney Houston died in a car accident on Feb. 19, 2012, and was buried next to her father at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.
Pat Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law, later told Oprah Winfrey that she had been “chasing a dream… looking for comfort, love,” and that she had been chasing someone “who would eventually hurt her.”
Even though Bobbi Kristina Brown almost drowned in 2012, she died three years later in the same tragic way as her mother.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in her bathtub in January 2015 and spent six months in a coma before succumbing to pneumonia. She was laid to rest alongside her mother.
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