By Demian Russian
Pop icon Whitney Houston died today, February, 11th, 2012, in Los Angeles at the age of 48. Her publicist Kristen Foster confirmed the singers death moments ago. Houston was expected to perform this evening at the annual pre-Grammy party held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California by her longtime mentor and producer, Arista Records founder Clive Davis. Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics attempted to revive Houston in her Beverly Hilton hotel room for about 30 minutes before she was officially declared dead around 4:00PM PT. The cause of death still remains unknown.
Inspired by famous singers in her family, mother Cissy Houston, godmother Aretha Franklin, and cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, Whitney Houston’s interest in singing began at an early age. While performing alongside her mother in night clubs in New York City, Houston was eventually discovered by Arista Records chief Clive Davis.
Houston was an instant pop sensation, successfully going on to be the only artist to chart seven consecutive number one singles — “Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”. At the time of it’s release, her debut album Whitney Houston (1985) went on to become best-selling debut album by a female artist of all time. Her second studio album release Whitney (1987) set the record as the first album by a female artist to debut at number one. Houston’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, from the movie The Bodyguard (1992), in which she also starred alongside Kevin Costner, went on to become the best selling single by a female artist of all time.
Houston is survived by her 18 year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown and her mother Cissy Houston.
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