Whitney Houston was found dead earlier today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards and was due to attend the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party which is now being turned into a memorial for the six-time Grammy winner.
The tragedy of Whitney Houston’s death is huge. But the timing is awful, too. Suddenly, the annual pre Grammy dinner given by her mentor Clive Davis — which she was scheduled to attend– is set to become a memorial. It’s too late to cancel the 800 plus person dinner here at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. So somberly the theme of the evening will be to celebrate Houston’s life. This has to be extremely painful for Davis, who has counseled Whitney and stood by her through thick and thin. As recently as last year Davis guided Houston back into rehab with her personal counselor and took extreme care to make sure she was alright. Before she started filming “Sparkle” late last fall she reassured him she was ok. And my sources from the movie set swore to me that Houston was in fine shape. Her death is immeasurably sad for her daughter Bobbi Kristina, her mother Cissy, sister in law and manager Pat Houston and the rest of their family. But for Davis it’s a stunning blow.
Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm this afternoon. She is reported to have been found unresponsive in her hotel room by a member of her entourage. Hotel security called emergency services at 3:43 p.m.
Houston is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina, 19-years-old, from her marriage with Bobby Brown as well as her mother Cissy and numerous friends and fans.
Daily Mail ran a story about Whiteney Houston attending the ‘Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B’ Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood. You can see what are probably her last photos here.