Singer and actress found dead at 48-years-old
Whitney Houston was found dead at 48-years-old. The cause and location of the diva’s death is currently unknown, but her publicist Karen Foster confirmed Houston’s passing Saturday.
The Associated Press also reports that Houston was led out of a club Friday night after getting into a “confrontation” with an “X Factor” finalist. The singer recently has been trying to make a come back in her career.
“[Houston] took diva status to next level,” stated Rev. Al Sharpton of Whitney Houston in an interview.
Whitney Houston, at her apex, was the true diva of the music industry during the 80s and 90s. She was one of the world’s best-selling female artists. Her effortless vocal range aloud her to hit notes in ranges that other vocalists struggled to. She contributed much of her talent to her gospel background.
Clive Davis originally found Houston as a teenager and groomed her into the crowd pleaser that many came to enjoy. Whiney Houston’s career expanded far beyond music onto the silver screen with her staring roles in “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
Much of her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown also played out in the public forum. News of his abuse towards her along with her habitual drug and alcohol use wreaked havoc on her public image. The singer, who has been compared to Diana Ross, admitted to Oprah in an interview that she was a user of cocaine.
Whitney Houston cancelled her latest European tour due to voice troubles. The six-time Grammy winner left behind a daughter. She was supposed to perform in a tribute to Clive Davis Sunday night.