Whitney Houston Dead at 48 (UPDATED)

Grammy Live Clive Davis Red Carpet

OMG. This is tragic.

Whitney Houston died this afternoon … a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.
Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album “Whitney” was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 albums world wide.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.

VIA TMZ

Here’s the Associated Press report. There is no information yet on the cause of death.

UPDATE: TMZ reports:

Whitney Houston was found in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel yesterday … with her face underwater … people close to Whitney tell TMZ.

According to our sources, her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. We’re told they became worried about Whitney because she had been in the bathroom for over an hour and it was time to start getting ready for the Clive Davis party.

Our sources say they began to knock on the door and there was no answer. We’re told the hairdresser, who is female, went in to check on Whitney. She immediately screamed and, according to our sources, one of the bodyguards came running in and pulled her out of the tub.

We’re told Whitney’s face was below the water and her legs were up … like she had slid down the back of the tub.

According to our sources, her body was very cold and the bodyguard attempted CPR. That’s when hotel security was called.

UPDATE: TMZ reports:

Our sources tell us a member of Whitney’s entourage found her in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel … and called hotel security — who then dialed 911. When paramedics arrived Houston was found unresponsive.

We’re told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on an unrelated call. According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.

Our sources say there were no signs of obvious foul play, but a BH PD detectives have begun a full investigation. We’re told she was ID’ed by family and friends.

UPDATE: TMZ reports:

Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston spoke with Whitney Houston by phone just before she died and say Whitney seemed fine … TMZ has learned.

Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, spoke with her daughter 25-30 minutes before she died and nothing seemed unusual … sources tell TMZ. We’re told they talked about attending the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.

Dionne Warwick, Whitney’s cousin, called as well … several hours before Whitney died … to make sure they were sitting at the same table at Clive’s party. And again … there were no signs of trouble.

The people in touch with Dionne say she is inconsolable adding, “She is an absolute mess.”

From Los Angeles Times:

Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, father of their child, Bobbi Kristina, was reportedly “beside himself” Saturday after hearing that his ex-wife had died.

“He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing, too,” a family member told People after Brown called with the news. “He’s beside himself right now.”

From the Hollywood Reporter

Sony Will Release Whitney Houston’s Final Film ‘Sparkle’ as Planned in August – “Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent. Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends,” Steve Elzer said on behalf of the studio.

Houston had completed filming on the project, a remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle, the show biz saga of a trio of singers, which, in turn, was loosely based on the career of the Supremes. The film could have marked the beginning of a feature film comeback for Houston, who shone briefly but brightly in the ’90s with starring roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife.

UPDATE: from the Huffington Post

Bobby Brown Reacts To Whitney Houston’s Death, Breaks Down During Performance – Brown was scheduled to perform in Mississippi as part of New Edition. The controversial R&B star was said to be in “crying fits” over the news, and broke down shortly after taking the stage.

“First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” he said to the crowd according to the AP (via Entertainment Weekly). “Second, I would like to say, ‘I love you Whitney.’ The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage.”

In another mini-tribute during an intermission in the show, Houston’s 1985 single “You Give Good Love” blared over the speakers.

Whitney Houston sings the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl 1991

Whitney Houston’s last performance Thursday night – Jesus Loves Me

From the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood in Los Angeles.

http://youtu.be/6dCnzjAvAus

  • Anonymous

    My condolences to her friends and family. She was a music icon and legend and will be missed by many. Her voice was one in a million and will never be forgotten.

  • Valentin432

    No way, this is incredibly sad. 

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I just heard it on the radio. Very sad. Very, very sad.

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    I can’t believe it.  I saw her in concert when she was dating Bobby.  Her voice was incredible.

    Such a sad end to a tragic life.  

  • Anonymous

    Wow, sad news…

    Maybe we’ll have a Whitney Houston night on Idol this year?

  • Anonymous

    wow, very sad. RIP

  • Anonymous

    Her poor daughter…left without a mom. :(.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Whoa!  I certainly didn’t expect to see this.  This is so shocking and sad.  I send my sincere condolences to her family especially her daughter.  So shocking.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad to lose a woman who was so talented too soon. Condolences to family, friends, fans, & everyone that knew her & loved her. RIP Whitney.

  • Chris

    OMG.  There are no words, 48 is dying way too soon.

  • Anonymous

    This is so sad. RIP Whitney. Such a beautiful voice.

  • Anonymous

    very sad.  I grew up listening to her early stuff (mid to late 80’s and early 90’s).  R.I.P. and certain amount of condolences to her child and Bobby Brown for their loss.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Wow, just wow. I thought it was another ‘twitter death’. I’m speechless.

    Kind thoughts to her family and close friends.

  • itsalleternal

    Wow it is confirmed? I know there have been a lot of rumors…

  • Anonymous

    omg!! this is terrible!!

  • Anonymous

    !!!!?????

  • GS61

    This is so sad. I feel for her daughter.
    To this day, her version of SSB is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard.
    What a talent.

  • Anonymous

    This is so terrible. :(

  • Anonymous

    MJ, that was my first thought – poor Bobbi Kristina!  And poor Cissy Houston. She’s an amazing, strong person.  To bury her daughter is so, so sad. :(

  • Anonymous

    OMG.. I’m so shocked and sad… RIP…

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston…just can’t believe there will be no more music from either of them. I wonder if it will be brought up at the Grammy’s.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Condolences to her family.  I’m so sad. This is just heart-breaking.  Oh, Whitney…

  • sf3456

    This is tragic.  They broke into Charlie Brown to announce it so it has to be true.  Anybody check on Clive Davis?  You know Whitney was his girl and she was supposed to be at his party tonight.  Wonder if he will still have his party.  Wonder if they will throw together a tribute at the Grammys tomorrow.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com Caroline Bridges

    I know she’s had a history with drugs, but somehow I still didn’t expect this. So sad. I saw her in concert in 1985, and she blew me away. I’d never heard anyone sing like that. Made you feel like you were witnessing something truly important every time she opened her mouth. My condolences.

  • Niall

    The only way to be free of drugs is to never start using drugs. This is very sad.

  • Anonymous

    I am sick and sad she was wonderful, so shocking

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure there will be some sort of tribute to her at the Grammys tomorrow

  • jdanton2

    Such a major shock to loose and amazing talent like Whitney. i had thought she seemed to have got her act together recently with the hard work she put in on the movie Sparkle she made with Idol Jordin Sparks.

  • Anonymous

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1
    I don’t know whom to trust anymore..

  • Anonymous

    So sad.  I remember her way back when she use to model for Seventeen and growing up with her music.

  • itsalleternal

    I hope EVERYONE tomorrow does a tribute

  • Anonymous

    That’s an old denial…check the date on the article.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Ow, wow. I’m not totally surprised yet I am, if that makes sense. Such a shame for her daughter to lose her mom at such a young age.

    I wonder what the Clive Davis party and the Grammys will be like now.

  • Anonymous

    That’s an old story, check the date: September 13th. 

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s fake. Whitney has been in Los Angeles for Grammy stuff. She was supposed to attend Clive’s party tonight.

    ETA: The Date on that report is September 13

  • Anonymous

    Reports say she was getting ready for Clive’s party when they found her. She was already at the Beverly Hilton.

  • Anonymous

    this better not be a publicity stunt by cowell for xfactor….

  • Anonymous

    #IWillAlwaysLoveYou
    R.I.P Whitney

  • Anonymous

    This is so sad, she had one of the most beautiful voices ever to pick up a microphone. Unfortunately for her, her addiction to drugs destroyed her voice and possibly took her life. May she rest in peace, my prayers go out to her daughter, mom and the rest of her family.

  • tinawina

    In shock. R.I.P. Whitney.

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

    Terrible tragedy :(

  • Anonymous

    She was on top of world, then she met Bobby Brown …

  • Anonymous

    Not a publicity stunt. All the major news outlets are covering it and it is confirmed.

  • Anonymous

    ???? this better not be what happens when you truly start considering an offer from simon…………. *i’m kind of shell-shocked, though*

  • Anonymous

    My bad.
    I should have looked at the date.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Cheryl Hickey @CherylHickeyETC Reply  Retweeted  Favorite · Open
    News breaking Whitney Houston found dead at 48. She was in the bathroom prepping for Clive Davis party when found. So sad can’t speak

  • Listening

    Oh Man I can’t believe this. I thought it was one of those death rumors that twitter creates that had been taken as truth but then I saw a banner on tv saying her publicist confirmed it. It’s so tragic and I feel for her family.
     It’s hard to believe b/c she’s been in the news and appeared fine looked good and just did a movie w/ Jordin. This is just sad.

  • escape

    Shocking and sad.  I say, give her family the space and privacy they deserve.

  • Trina

    Wow I’m kind of numb :( I cant even fathom what the mood will feel like tonight and tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/bootsiethecat Jayne Reed

    So very sad.  Best National Anthem ever!  Such a difficult song and she sang her heart out.  Such a loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

    Sad news. When I saw it tending I thought it was another stupid hoax that’s been happening a lot lately.

  • Anonymous

    Bobby Brown destroyed her. 

  • LaurelG

    An incredible voice, silenced forever. So sad. She just couldn’t break away from the death grip the drugs had on her …

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Whitney was an amazingly talented singer.  A real shock and so very tragic.  R.I.P.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, I remember vividly seeing her MV for “Saving All My Love For You”. She was this adorable, skinny, teenager with this stunning voice. One of the best female pop voices ever. I can’t believe it. A classic example of the consequences of hooking up with the wrong man.

  • Anonymous

    I had so many of her records when I was a kid. One of the best voices ever.

  • merkureye

    During the 1980’s and early 90’s, Whitney was a fixture in American culture and also in my young adult life.  I have many vivid memories of watching Whitney and her charisma, charm, and talent.  She embodied music and she was the very definition of beauty!  To hear her voice was to hear an angel sing.  Her gift of singing was to behold in wonderment.  How fragile life is.  This is tragic.  Rest in peace dear Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    Carson Daly tweeted that she was found at the hotel where Clive Davis is hosting his party, so she was probably planning on attending the party.

  • http://twitter.com/bootsiethecat Jayne Reed
  • Anonymous

    It is tragic and her daughter – sad.

  • Anonymous

    It is tragic and her daughter – sad.

  • Keith Kristynik

    I am just sick.  How awful.  When I was a kid and even today, there was one voice in music that no one could touch.  I have so many fond memories of listening to her music and seeing her perform.  Can’t even wrap my head around this.  I hate to jump to conclusions, but I wondered if something like this would happen many times over the years.  Her poor daughter.  Her poor mother.  I still go back and listen to those early albums and can’t believe anyone ever sang with a voice so beautiful.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Carson Daly tweeted that she was found at the hotel where Clive Davis is
    hosting his party, so she was probably planning on attending the party.

    Here is an article from the LA Times talking about tonight’s party.  The article reports that she did plan to attend the event.

    LINK

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Celebrity is toxic for some people and the industry doesn’t help things by placating them, and I think more of people like Chris Brown than people subject to addiction like Whitney Houston and others. 

  • Anonymous

    just saw on twitter that Clive Davis has reportedly cancelled his pre-Grammy party

  • Anonymous

    Addiction is an equal opportunity disease that involves more than the use of substances…   While recovery from active addiction can be a reality, a cure is not available and meaningful recovery requires ongoing vigilance and more than mere abstinence from drugs….so tragic to lose another gifted musician to this disease whether directly or indirectly….as I feel certain it played a major part in her death

  • fuzzywuzzy

    CNN is reporting on Bobby Brown’s reaction to Whitney’s death right now.  Sorry, but I really don’t give a crap about him at the moment.

  • Anonymous

    Omg. I don’t believe it!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if it is or isn’t. 

    RT @HeadlineJohnson tells us in @daily newsroom Whitney was to be Clive Davis’s date tonight — and that his party will go on as planned 

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    This is so sad and tragic. Whitney Houston will be missed. I grew up listening to her and love her voice. RIP. The music world is very sad today.

    Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QaI-M9sxW4&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    New reports confirm she died earlier this afternoon around 3:55. 

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    I really have no words. I grew up on her music and had so many moments related to her playing in the background of my life. Truly a sad loss for the world. R.I.P Whitney Houston, may you be in a better place this sad night. 

  • Susan

    It’s definitely sad, but given her history with drugs, really not that surprising.  I feel bad for her daughter, as MJ said.  I lost my mom at 9, and there are man, many times I wish I still had her. :(

  • itsalleternal

    Have we got a page for the Idols’ reactions?

  • http://www.velvetspark.com Jordan Seltzer

    I cant help but think of all the hate thrown at this woman on this website over the last 24 hrs re XFUSA.

    Maybe we should all become a little more kind in our judgement of Idol or X Factor or even The Voice. Sometimes the nasty comments I read on here are beyond unnecessary. These are TV shows. Just TV shows.

    Maybe we can all be nicer! R.I.P. Whitney!

  • Anonymous

    LatestDirt:
    #Grammys organisers are going into overdrive to reformat tomorrow’s ceremony. Once again, the cause of death is STILL unknown #RIPWhitney.

  • Anonymous

    How tragic and sad.  May she find peace and comfort now in the arms of the angels.

  • Trina

    Listening to the Bodyguard soundtrack in tears. Damn.

  • Anonymous

    :(

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    #Grammys organisers are going into overdrive to reformat tomorrow’s
    ceremony. Once again, the cause of death is STILL unknown #RIPWhitney.

    Maybe they should do a PSA about drug abuse instead. The woman was a great singer, but I’d hate to see this romanticized.

  • Anonymous

    Such a tragedy.  What a lovely and talented lady she was.  RIP Whitney Houston.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    The wouldn’t be romanticizing her drug abuse, they’d be honoring her inspirational and legendary voice and career. It’s to remember her how high she soared in life, not how far she fell.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad. I can’t say I’m shocked by the news. Maybe someone she inspired with her incredible talent who is taking a dangerous path–will now decide to make better choices.

  • Anonymous

    Just Jared reporting the party is cancelled, more trickling in as well. CNN has gotten two things wrong in the story tonight if he does.

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2012/02/11/clive-davis-grammy-party-canceled-after-whitney-houstons-death/

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    No words. :'(

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    The wouldn’t be romanticizing her drug abuse, they’d be honoring her inspirational and legendary voice and caree

    They have plenty of time to pay tribute in a more thoughtful, less last minute way. What is important is young people getting the message that being a talented person and being addicted to drugs & alcohol leads to an instant tribute on the Grammys!

  • everything

    48 is way, way too young. The sad thing – after the initial shock, will come all the tabloid sensationalized gossip, etc – the very, very ugly part of fame.

  • steph6449

    Tragic, very sorry to hear this news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    DAMN YOU!!!! BOBBY BROWN,DAMN YOU!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is so sad :( R.I.P 
    Whitney Houston , one of the most beautiful voices on the industry in a long, long time . :(

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing 
    http://jakefogelnest.com/post/17460767716

    Whitney Houston’s isolated vocal track for “How Will I Know”.  This is from back when popstars could actually sing.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Oh Gangreen , I can’t imagine how you are feeling right now. And I always smile at your avi. This is just so tragic. Never have I been so taken aback by a celeb death since MJ died. Damn….RIP Whitney :( 

  • windmills

    “If I should die this very day, don’t cry, cause on earth we wasn’t meant to stay. And no matter what people say, I’ll be waiting for you after judgment day

    Cause your love is my love and my love is your love”

    Whitney Houston, “My Love Is Your Love”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLCcRkKRkU

    I remember singing this song in choir. I loved the song so much, still do.

    Rest in peace, Whitney Houston.

  • Anonymous

    I think kids will get that the trade off for “instant tribute” is death. 
    If anything, the attention will cause kids and others to look into her death and determine that drugs are bad.

    Most importantly, they’ll take away that she her music and voice was amazing. Her faults didn’t make up everything she was and it didn’t define her. I say at least let people celebrate her a little before they enviably take her down. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m just gutted by this.  I until recent assumed that the hard stuff was behind her.  She was such an incredibly talented woman.  I loved her early music.  I loved her voice.  So sad that she has to leave this planet so young.  So sad, hell just so sad period……

  • Anonymous

    @ChrisJacobs7:disqus surreal atmosphere n the lobby of the #BeverlyHilton. 

    http://img.ly/dPeG

  • Anonymous

    Really X-Factor Winner, it’s not about you.

    ItsMelanieAmaro: She told me to carry on the torch :( I didn’t know what that meant but
    now I know I must continue to sing with all my heart like she did

    ItsMelanieAmaro: #SHELIVESINMYVOICE :'(

  • sf3456

    LatestDirt:
    #Grammys organisers are going into overdrive to reformat
    tomorrow’s ceremony. Once again, the cause of death is STILL unknown
    #RIPWhitney. 

    I don’t know about a slapped together tribute.  Remember what happened at the BET awards after Michael just died.  They slapped together a tribute and it was horrible.

  • iani

    Just sad and unfair, she could have had a life to live in front of her! Too fragile to face music, fame, marriage, addiction, career decline and a come back… Hope her soul gets the rest and the peace she might have never gotten enough among us here…Just RIP, Whitney!

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow
  • Anonymous

    Oh really, I hate when people make someone else’s tragedy about themselves.

  • Anonymous

    “ItsMelanieAmaro: #SHELIVESINMYVOICE :'(”

    Really? Based on the deep connection you made in one meeting, and not very cordial one at that? 

    I really have no words for any of this. Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    I do agree that I hope it’s put together well, I just don’t mind they’re doing it. She deserves a tribute worthy of her talent.

  • Anonymous

    I could have predicted this, but CNN is announcing that the producers of the Grammys are going to get Jennifer Hudson to do a tribute to Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    CNN reporting that they spoke to Jimmy Jam (who I guess is connecting with the Grammy production in some way) and that there will be a lot of changes in tomorrow’s show, including possibly a tribute to Whitney that would involve J-Hud.

    But she says Jimmy Jam was saying this prior to him even having spoken to the Grammy telecast producer. So we’ll see…

    ETA – Also that the Clive Davis party will go on

  • Trina

    Ugh shut up Melanie. You’ll NEVER sound as good as Whitney did in her prime.

  • Anonymous

    Nvm refresh before posting

  • Susan

    I actually like this more than the original song lol.  I was never a huge fan of Whitney’s music though I think she had a great voice.  Maybe “Saving All My Love for You” or “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” were my favorites…I don’t have any of her mp3s on my computer though.

  • Anonymous

    RIP. :'(

  • Anonymous

    The Beverly Hilton @beverlyhilton
    Arrivals starting for Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala #GRAMMYs 
    https://twitter.com/#!/beverlyhilton/status/168525520705818626/photo/1 

  • Trina

    If anyone should be doing a tribute tomorrow it should be Dolly Parton IMO.

  • Anonymous

    No one will sound as good as Whitney in her prime.

  • Anonymous

    So sad!

    I remember the first time I saw her during an episode of Silver Spoons during her modeling days. A beautiful woman with an amazing voice.

  • itsalleternal

    Official report from the Recording Academy just released on Grammy Live mentioned nothing about the ceremony.

  • Anonymous

    all kinds of conflicting reports about the party tonight and what will happen at the Grammys tomorrow. 

    How old is Whitney’s daughter?

  • itsalleternal

    In my opinion, everything should go on. I think Whitney would want that for them.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    The Clive party is happening? That’s going to be more like a wake. Hmmm.

  • Anonymous

    Reports from people there is that the mood is extremely sad and some are crying. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interviewing guests on the red carpet for Clive’s party tonight:

    http://www.grammy.com/live

  • Anonymous

    Simon Cowell being interviewed on CNN now about this

  • Anonymous

    I love JHud, but the perfect tribute would be Dolly Parton singing I Will Always Love You. Timeless, classic, and an appropriate message. 

  • Anonymous

    So sad…she was an incredible talent.

  • Anonymous

    So sad and tragic.  I have weird memory from about 1990 ish.  She was on tv  walking through her home at the time and they asked to see her “junk” drawer.  It was so adorable when she opened it.   CeCe was with her. 

    So weird Adele’s album about to dethrone Bodyguard.  Bodyguard may just, in some cosmic way, hit number one instead. 

    Simon is on CNN right now. 

  • sf3456

    For real.  Is her body still upstairs?

  • sf3456

    Jennifer Hudson?  I like the suggestion of Miss Dolly.  I think Jennifer Hudson will make it all about herself.

  • Susan

    I think one of the articles said her daughter was born in 1993.

  • itsalleternal

    In my opinion, any tribute at the Grammys should involve EVERYONE who is scheduled to perform – have everyone on stage for it.

  • itsalleternal

    The Recording Academy Statement re: Whitney Houston
    February 11, 2012

    Six-time GRAMMY® winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

    Neil Portnow
    President/CEO
    The Recording Academy®

    (From the GRAMMYs official Facebook page) http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/notes/the-grammys/the-recording-academy-statement-re-whitney-houston/10150588652579484

  • Anonymous

    thanks

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree more.  I don’t know if it should be Dolly but I definitely wish it wasn’t Jennifer.  The people it should be imo though, are too close to her,  CeCe would be my first choice.

  • Anonymous

    RIP Whitney :(
    I was a big fan of your voice back then

  • Kylee

    Holy cow!

    That’s sad. In a way, its eery that this happened the day after she was offered a job at X-Factor.

  • Anonymous

    I like Jennifer, but is it necessary that she sing on every awards show and tribute ceremonies. Whitney and Jennifer were friends, so for once, I don’t think it’s going to be about her. I am sure it’s going to be hard for any of singers who loved and idolized her, to make it through a tribute tomorrow. A lot of tears will be shed Sunday night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

    I think instead of a tribute from other singers they should have a package of her past Grammy performances and wins.

  • Anonymous

    JustJared updated his article:

    Clive Davis‘ annual party held the Saturday night before the Grammy Awards has been canceled this evening following the shocking death of Whitney Houston.

    “He’s not having it anymore,” his label confirms to JustJared.com. “It’s been canceled. Very unfortunate.”

    “They are trying to pull together a memorial of sorts for grieving,” adds our source. “They are trying to turn away as many people as possible.”

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I’m not surprised to hear the news.  Whitney has been an utter mess since she met Bobby Brown and it’s a damn shame.  Such a beautiful person with an amazing voice.  My condolences to her daughter and mother.

  • Dakota01

    Clive’s party isn’t canceled.  Jared is wrong.

    The Beverly Hilton is tweeting pics of ppl arriving.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Saw the BET performance of JHud singing to Whitney. They made the right choice. 

  • Anonymous

    The Clive Davis party has not been cancelled.

  • Anonymous

    So tragic.  I just don’t know why anyone would, in good conscience, attend that party tonight knowing what has happened.

  • Anonymous

    Oh damn!  Of all the people I wanted to get their shit together, she was at the top of the list.  Aw Whitney, I give you big thanks, mostly for: the discovery of your amazing voice in 9th grade; one of the most fun days I ever had at your video recording at Stabler Arena (I get so emotional too baby!); and for keeping the big sombrero alive long after we imploded it just for having done the most kick ass super bowl anthem ever there!

    You were a big part of the soundtrack of my life, and the only artist for whom I got to be a part of one of their music videos.  I dug you a lot.  And, I hope that the afterlife is kind to you.  I’ll be eternally sorry that you couldn’t conquer that shit here.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Whitney Houston – One Moment In Time(Grammy Awards Live)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYFHAvULvJ0&feature=youtu.be
     

  • Anonymous

    I’d prefer to hear Beyonce singing to whitney

  • Anonymous

    “Not going to remember her as a troubled singer, but as a legendary superstar, which is what she deserved” – Simon Cowell #CNN

    For once I’m in complete agreement with Simon.

  • Anonymous

    Simon is truly upset by this. 

  • GS61

    If they are heartless, self centered assholes, I guess it wouldn’t matter who was dead upstairs.
    Such a lack of class on Clive’s part. 
    What a shame.

  • sf3456

    Yes.  CeCe Winans.  I just saw her on TV the other day on an old episode of Living Single.  They were friends.  She should do it.  Her and Miss Dolly.

  • Anonymous

    Thoughtful insights from Simon Cowell on CNN tonight. Piers Morgan interviewed him. He seemed truly upset about her death.

    Simon was very bitter about Bobby Brown, without naming him. “She fell in with the wrong crowd” he said.

  • Anonymous

    After I’ve let this stew for awhile now, I’m not sure what to think.
    Bobby Brown is not a saint
    Whitney was not perfect
    They are both humans
    To be human is to make mistakes
    To make mistakes is human

    So why do I feel uneasy that Bobby will not only be suffering from the grief of the death of his ex wife and mother of his child, but he will now be receiving all the blame for Whitney’s death.

    Being ultra famous as Whitney was, it is a lonely existence that has little chance for true companionship.  From all the hangers-ons, agents, and fans…you start losing perspective and become unable to trust because most will take advantage.  So you gravitate to kindred companions…one’s that understand the weight of fame that you carry.  Whitneys kindred was apparently Bobby.

    They stayed together for a long time and had a child.  There had to be love in that family, in what ever form, but they saw something in each other that meant something to each of them.  Whitney was an adult, she was capable of making decisions, even about her addiction and treatment to an extent.

    I guess what I’m trying to say, is that Bobby and Whitney found in each other and a significant part of their lives together, a companionship that produced a child…..As bad and wasted a life Bobby led, does he deserve ALL the derision and blame that is sure to come his way?

    In this time of grief….why do I feel, even for Bobby?  He is not a saint, but I can’t bring myself to turn this tragedy into a BLAME BOBBY “pile on”….they are even doing it, pretty much, on CNN.  It will be hell for all involved in that family and my prayers of strength go out to them all…even Bobby :( .  No one deserves the isolation and intense guilt he will be experiencing.

    Sad for everyone involved…such is the fabric of humanity and it’s tragedies…

  • Anonymous

    CNN says now that they are still trying to decide what to do about the party. So it may not happen after all. 

  • Anonymous

     From what I read, it’s now being treated less a party, and more a memorial/wake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403015987 Sharon Ulrich Davis

    My heart is aching over this.  I loved her voice and hated what happened to that talent.  She was only 7 yrs older than my son, such a waste.  My heart goes out to her mother and daughter.

    As far as who should sing her songs tomorrow.  It doesn’t matter one bit to me.  I’ll be like her other fans and as I listen will hear Whitney singing the song.  That’s also how it is every time I hear someone sing one of MJ’s songs.

  • Kitwana

    Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. Super talented artists destroyed by drug abuse. So very sad.

  • Anonymous

    If Clive felt he should go on, I’m not going to judge him for it. He truly cared for Whitney. It’s certainly not going to be a party anymore, more about paying respects, a memorial. Reports say they are trying to turn people away and only letting in select people. 

    http://idolator.com/6177332/whitney-houston-death-clive-davis-cancels-pre-grammy-party 

  • Anonymous

    Simon showed total class tonight. 

  • Dakota01

    CNN can’t seem to get their facts straight.  The red carpet is happening right now.  They just interviewed Adam.  Here’s the link if anyone wants to watch the arrivals:

    http://www.grammy.com/live

  • Anonymous

    Great thrilling performance…One Moment in Time.  Maybe they’ll show that tomorrow night.  Thanks for posting the link.

  • GS61

    They can spin it any way they want, but it still seems tacky and classless to me.
    Seems like its more about Clive, less about Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    This is so sad. 48 is too young. RIP Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to judge without being there to see how they treat it.

  • sf3456

    I just read that Clive is not even at the party.  He’s at his house surrounded by close friends.

  • Anonymous

    CNN is reporting that he’s at the party, but they’ve been wrong about a lot of things all night so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were about this too. I hope he is at home with friends and family. He always spoke of her as if she was his daughter.

  • Trina

    I Will Always Love You is #13 already on itunes. I wouldnt be surprised, even with the Grammys dominating tomorrow if it turns out to be the top download of the week.

    If Clive isnt even at the party its not about him at all. Everyone speaking tonight talked about how Clive was like her father, he must be devastated.

  • Anonymous

    Clive Davis red Carpet live stream

    http://www.grammy.com/live

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Since Whitney was like a daughter to Clive, I think his decision to hold the party should be respected. 

  • GS61

    Now I’m confused.
    If Clive’s not even at his own party, why is there a party at all?
    Is this an annual funraiser of some sort for charity that they don’t want to miss out on raising money?
    I don’t get it.

  • sf3456

    Well, TMZ said that he’s not there.  But maybe he showed up in between time.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if CNN was wrong about him being there. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t see them going on with the party if live isn’t going to be there. That makes no sense to me. Maybe he hadn’t arrived yet at the time of the report. But if he wasn’t going to show up, it’s my opinion they would just cancel the whole event

  • Keith Kristynik

    The Grammy’s are going to be so sad tomorrow.  Ugh.  

  • Anonymous

    *SIGH* No words.

  • breakdown

    I’m sure Clive is devastated by Whitney’s death. She was very dear to him. Who are we to judge his decision to have a party/testimonial/wake/whatever?

  • Tess

    I don’t mean to be hard hearted Hannah but I can’t believe that people think an industry event months in the planning and set to honor some industry notables would be cancelled because someone died.

    Whitney is not the President of a country she’s an ordinary person and for the world to stop because she has passed seems an insane idea to me.  Probably a lot of people attending tonight are no closer to Whitney than any of us here.  They may have met in passing but it isn’t like she has been at the top of her game for the last dozen years.

    Yes it is sad for anyone to die so young but it happens.  People will probably relate to each other how much they liked her voice or how they knew her but these people won’t be comatosed and grieving about it.  Now for Clive this may be a tough night since he was very close to Whitney but he is professional enough to know that the show must go on.  I am sure a few words will be said about Whitney but in no way will they turn the night into a memorium for her.

  • Anonymous

     The party is happening. Now. People are arriving on the red carpet. If he’s there, He’ll skip the red carpet and reporters all together.

  • Anonymous

     Agreed. I have never understood the concept that people’s lives should automatically come to a stop whenever a celebrity passes.  Family and friends, sure.  But grieving over a near or complete stranger just because of who they are just seems weird to me.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I think it’s very easy to judge a situation but most of these people were already getting ready and on their way to the party. Some people just might want to be with other people at this time to share with one another the memories of Whitney. It can also be therapeutic for many. People deal with grief in different ways. Some cultures treating a death is about celebrating the life they had on earth as oppose to being sad and somber.

  • Kylee

    Larry King thought they “should have canceled” and that its “inappropriate” that they are still having it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

     Yet he is still there.

  • Anonymous

    That was Larry King?  Man, did not recognize him at all.

  • sf3456

    The body is still in the hotel.  They’re trying to figure out how to get the body out without the media and bystanders seeing it.

  • Anonymous

     I think the party should definitely go on. Those who are too shook up to attend will stay home. Party or no party…it doesn’t change anything.

  • GS61

    Whitney supposedly was like a daughter to Clive, not just some random guest at this thing right? And she actually died in the same hotel as the party?

    I’m sticky with tacky.

  • Anonymous

    This is just tragic and so very sad. Seems the more brilliant their talent, the more tormented their soul. Michael, Amy, and now Whitney. I have yet to understand why such a powerful gift is bestowed upon something so fragile as a human being……Whitney’s music was as prominent in my 20’s as Michael’s was, and so many memories flood back when I hear those songs from her heyday. RIP Whitney.

  • GS61

    Unbelievable.

  • sf3456

    This.  The should’ve canceled the party, sat down, and figured out a decent tribute for the Grammys.

  • Anonymous

     As far as I know, we have no idea what Clive is or isn’t doing.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so wrong they have to worry about that. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought that story was just sensationalized since they found her over 4 hours ago. Wow and morbid if true. I doubt anyone there knows that. 

  • Anonymous

    There are reports that the body was removed from the hotel pryor to the announcement. CNN has been wrong all night

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, probably not the type of thing you advertise.

  • Keith Kristynik

    I get what you’re saying, but I think you’re being a little flip.  I’m not saying the world needs to shut down.  But I think some people are underestimating her influence on a whole generation of singers that will be in attendance at the grammy events this weekend.  Just go look at the tweets from idols and some of the biggest pop female singers of the past 20 years.  Look at how many of those girls cite her as their Idol.  The fact this is happening the evening before the grammy’s is definitely going to change the tone of the evening for sure. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure which reports to believe. There are reports that they held off on making the announcement until after the body was removed. I want to believe that one b/c the alternative is very morbid. 

  • Anonymous

    Entertainment tonight reporting Jennifer and Chaka khan will preform tributr at Grammys

  • Trina

    No shes not as important as the president, but in terms of music shes very, very important and far from ordinary. And tonight and tomorrow are important nights all about music. Listen to all the musical legends speaking out about her tonight. Considering how much of a fixture shes always been at Clive’s party and in his life, I’d make a safe bet many people he invited tonight DID know her well. How they choose to mourn is up to them. I’m reading a lot of stars pulled out of the party, some chose to go to mourn and remember her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCEZD3N6FHT6AVC6TG7VKTBONQ Raftrap

    RIP, I don’t even know what to say. She will be a legend forever.

  • sue

    OMG I can’t believe this. I am shocked! :(

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe this!  OMG..RIP Whitney…:(

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Whitney’s mom was a preacher in a black church.  I have a feeling at Whitney’s funeral there’s going to be a lot of clapping and hallelujahs going on.

    People were shocked at the Michael’s Jackson funeral with all the celebrating. They expected a quiet somber wake without all the noise.

  • hcpoirot

    R.I.P Whitney. One of the best vocal in this music industry had gone. :(

  • sf3456

    Well, Miss Chaka is fine.  I’m still iffy on Jennifer Hudson.  I really want Miss Dolly.

  • Anonymous

    Oh!!   not Jennifer please ! :|

  • Anonymous

    RT @CBSTweet #GRAMMYs Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich says Jennifer Hudson will perform a Whitney Houston tribute at award show Sunday night.

  • ting

    Alicia Keys can sing with great nuance and skill.  She would be able to give a wonderful and fitting tribute.  

  • Anonymous

    Billboard says Clive David is at the party and getting ready to speak. Poor man

  • Anonymous

    I am late weighing in on the discussion tonight about whether or not ‘the party must go on’,  but considering it’s Clive Davis’ party and how very, very much Whitney Houston meant to him and what a terrible blow this is to him, I am honestly surprised that he didn’t cancel it. I don’t think she was ‘just an artist’ to him and daresay that MOST of the guests invited knew how important she was to him and would understand a last minute cancellation by him.

  • sf3456

    They didn’t want to lose out on the money they spent planning the party so it had to go on.  Ridiculous.  And celebrities actually showed up.  If it was me, I wouldn’t have gone.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Tess on this one.  I didn’t know Whitney personally and I couldn’t care less whether the party went on or not.  People die every day all over the world and celebrities are not immune to it.  Shit happens.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    This party is more for showing respect to Whitney since the news, it is the best way for them to celebrate the artists life achievement. I think they are doing the right thing, just think of how everyone gathers at church and celebrate the life and persons life who has passed on,I don’t see anything wrong with it, they are not going about and just enjoying a party but paying respect to Whitney’s life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    This party is more for showing respect to Whitney since the news, it is the best way for them to celebrate the artists life achievement. I think they are doing the right thing, just think of how everyone gathers at church and celebrate the life and persons life who has passed on,I don’t see anything wrong with it, they are not going about and just enjoying a party but paying respect to Whitney’s life.

  • Anonymous

    The GRAMMYs @TheGRAMMYs:
    Clive Davis opens the Pre-GRAMMY Gala “By now sadly we have all learned of the unspeakable tragic news of our beloved Whitney. Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight. She was not at all scheduled to perform. She loved music and loved this night that celebrates music. Whitney would have asked that the music go on. And her family said the show should go on.”

    I for one will not question the judgment of someone who knew and loved Whitney. If he felt she would have want them to continue to celebrate life and music, then so be it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m late getting on here, but did I just hear this correctly that they are still holding the party in the hotel where her body is still upstairs, before a coroner has even gotten there???  To me that is absolutely unbelievable. 

  • Anonymous

    The only places reporting that are gossip sites, so it’s possible that’s just a sensationalized story. There were reports from sources close those involved that the body was removed before the announcement was made. It was something like 4 hours before it was reported. 

    Plus, I doubt Whitney’s family would have said they thought the party should continue if her body was still there.

  • Anonymous

    The GRAMMYs @TheGRAMMYs: 
    “If we truly believe in God than we should celebrate the life of Whitney Houston tonight” – @iamdiddy

  • Anonymous

    How sad. I was always hoping she could get it together. Well I hope her daughter has some good support for her, in the years to come. I wish the best to her, and of course the rest of her family. 

    Addictions are terrible things. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Clive wanted the party to go on as a way of honoring her memory, and apparently Whitney’s family wanted that, as well. imo it would have been the height of disrespect NOT to show up after that.

    RIP Whitney :'(

  • Anonymous

    I certainly hope so. 

  • musicality

    I think it’s absolutely silly that people think it should have been canceled. Why? It makes no sense. Probably 90% of the people attending didn’t know what happened until they got there. It wasn’t a Whitney Houston party. She wasn’t being honored. This was a party in celebration of the Grammy’s not Whitney. People were already there by the time the story broke and anyone knew what was really going on. People traveled for it. The world doesn’t stop because one of the attendees died. There is film all over TMZ of Whitney partying it up last night and passing out. I’m sorry there was a death but it was one that isn’t that surprising.

    Everyone is getting up on stage an honoring her now. He’s paying his tribute. 

  • sf3456

    If the rumors are true, her body it still in the hotel.  They still had a red carpet.  Celebrities still showed up, smiled and took pictures on the red carpet after the news had broke.  Inappropriate. 

    If the party was turned into a tribute, it wouldn’t have been like that.  There wouldn’t have been a red carpet.

  • Anonymous

    What Tess said. I still can’t think of a good reason to cancel the party. Although I suppose I would have started calling it a “gathering” over a “party”, but that’s just my choice of words.

    I’m not downplaying her death. It’s truly sad, tragic, and discomforting to see someone not getting their shit together end in the worst way possible. Yet, at the same time, the world shouldn’t stop for her death. It probably has for her family and friends, however. Beyond them, I don’t think anybody’s world should have to stop. As cheesy and cliche as it sounds, I don’t think she would have wanted that either. Party on for her sake, I say.

    R.I.P. Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  I’ve been flipping channels and just heard again on Fox News this time that yes, her body is still in the hotel.  Something about that just strikes me as so bizarre and inappropriate.  I don’t care if they think she would have wanted the party to go on or not (and really, no one would know that for sure), it just doesn’t seem right to me.

  • musicality

    As a guest I would feel that since it was Clive Davis’ party and Whitney Houston was his friend
    then I would honor what Clive said and Whitney’s family over
    some random person’s opinion. Also, highly unlikely that rumor about the body being still there was
    true. They don’t leave bodies hanging around for hours. They take a
    couple of pictures then move it to the morgue.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, now they are interviewing Larry King (who is at the party) – he’s on the phone – and he says the mood at the party is “semi-festive”.  He says it’s very strange, surreal, that her body is still there in the hotel with them.  Bizarre!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    I believe the reports that said that the body was removed before the announcement. The only places I’m seeing conjecture otherwise is people on twitter and gossip sites, who frankly seem ghoulishly obsessed with her corpse. 

    That’s not what this is about, it’s about Clive and Whitney’s family expressing their wishes for the event to continue, and the people involved respecting those wishes.

  • musicality

     Well said Kayla. It is all about respecting Clive and Whitney’s family’s wishes. I too have seen several reports that the body was removed hours ago.

  • Anonymous

    Larry King probably doesn’t even know what party he is at. lol

    His 10th wife laid out his clothes and told him to be ready at 9:00. Larry gets~confused sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you are right on that, but they are reporting on both Fox and MSNBC that her body is still there because the coroner has not shown up yet.  They said apparently it’s not unusual for it to take this long in a case like this (where police are involved), and her body will not be removed until the coroner arrives to officially pronounce her dead. 

  • sf3456

    That’s not what this is about, it’s about Clive and Whitney’s family
    expressing their wishes for the event to continue, and the people
    involved respecting those wishes.

    Then, there shouldn’t have been a red carpet.  That’s the least they could’ve done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Then, there shouldn’t have been a red carpet.  That’s the least they could’ve done.

    The red carpet interviews were full of people talking about their memories of Whitney and how wonderful she was, and how sad this was, and expressing their condolences to her family and Clive. I really don’t get the problem with publicizing an outpouring of love for her the night she died.

  • Anonymous

    The red carpet gave the guests a way to express their feelings about WH – an impromptu tribute in its way.

  • Anonymous

    The show must go on. Everyone in theatre or any type of show business knows this to be the spoken and unspoken rule.  Jonathan Larson, who was the writer and composer of RENT died the morning his show was to open on Broadway. His parents insisted that the cast go ahead with opening night and they attended along with other family members and all of his friends.

    The music, the show, the art is always more important than an individual artist. An artist always wants the show to go on, even if they are the ones leaving the show behind. They would do the same if they were the ones that were left behind to carry on the music or the show.

  • sf3456

    Those celebrities were on the red carpet, smiling and taking pictures.  Hell, they showed up.  Everybody knows that’s inappropriate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Everybody knows that’s inappropriate.

    Everyone? Nope not me. 

    If Clive Davis didn’t want a red carpet at the event, he would have shut it down. He wanted people to honor Whitney in the media on the night of her tragic death, and the party itself is closed to all but a handful of media peeps. As an invitee I can’t imagine getting the word that Clive Davis and Whitney’s family who are obviously grieving themselves want you to show up and honor Whitney’s memory, and then deciding you know better what’s appropriate.

  • sf3456

    Everyone? Nope not me. 

    If you have sense, then.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianCopp Brian Copp

    TMZ says that her body was just removed from the room. Possible bathtub drowning.

  • sf3456

    According to TMZ, they’re finally moving the body.  Yes, the body was still upstairs while the party was going on downstairs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    The Beverly Hilton is a sprawling, enormous hotel. It’s not like her body was in the next room. And I really don’t understand the fascination with it, she’s gone. And apparently the police and coroners office had work to do to process the scene before they could move it. I think the news channels and gossip sites have been sensationalizing the details with barely suppressed glee, which is 1000x more inappropriate than Clive and Whitney’s family choosing to ask everyone to come tonight to honor her memory.

  • Anonymous

    Well it is a 200+ room hotel.  So it’s not like her body was sitting in the room next to the party.

    My sympathy goes out to her family especially her daughter.  But while her death is tragic for them it doesn’t warrent a major industry event being cancelled. 

    ETA: Kayla beat me too it. Jinx!

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Nina Korol

    Ew, it’s like Weekend at Bernies.  Very macabre…

  • Incipit

     

    “I believe the reports that said that the body was removed before the
    announcement. The only places I’m seeing conjecture otherwise is people
    on twitter and gossip sites, who frankly seem ghoulishly obsessed with
    her corpse. “

    Good Grief, don’t they just? Well, the gossip sites like TMZ are ghouls, of a sort…they feed off the Entertainment world, and people’s credulity.  Can’t expect them to be anything but what they are. I suppose that makes sense.

    More sense than believing them as if they were real journalists. Heh. And “Twitter is the Devil” – as we know. If we have sense.

    The other thing that people with sense do – is respect the wishes of the bereaved. Even the most stringent arbiters of good taste (whoever they may be) don’t suggest otherwise.

    Sensibly speaking, and IMO. Of Course.

  • Anonymous

    It’s also quite possible that most did not know that her body had not been removed, if true. Anyway the party went on as scheduled and the planets are still aligned and Whitney is still gone. Canceling wouldn’t change that sad fact. Castigating Clive and the attendees is pretty much pointless!

  • sf3456

    According to Larry King who was at the party after complaining that Clive should’ve cancelled it, everybody knew her body was upstairs.

  • judes

    Late to hearing about this. What a tragic waste of such a talent. She looked like she was getting back on track with her new film . Praying for her daughter & her family .

  • Chris

    I saw the TMZ party in a black dress pictures from the night before, which makes her death the next day seem predictable so where were her assistants? Whitney like most celebrities have a gang of people buzzing around so if she was hung over did they just leave her? I know it’s all sketchy right now but she parties too hard on Grammy weekend, probably a painful week for a Diva that used to be the center of attention, then she dies in the hotel bathtub alone? I am sure more information will come but it is tragic.

  • sf3456

    So what?  So, you would’ve been fine going to the party knowing that the
    body was upstairs.  I don’t know.  That would just make me
    uncomfortable.  Then again, I wouldn’t have gone.  I would’ve turned the
    car around and gone home.

    And the reason why they couldn’t move the body was because of the party.

  • Anonymous

    What? They don’t move the body until everything is properly handled. They dealt with it as a crime scene — because when a 48 year old (no matter the history) dies with no obvious reason they don’t just assume. The body was removed when the investigation of the room was completed.

    On the party. Call it whatever you want, but it was simply too late to cancel. Whitney was to be an attendee. People were en route. The ball was already rolling and couldn’t just be stopped because an unfortunate event happened. 

    And finally, the people that actually knew and loved her on a personal level all say this is what she would have wanted. So be it.

  • http://twitter.com/kepilynn808 kepilynn

    This is really very sad, regardless of the “cause” of death. Whitney was a one in a billion talent, IMO.  In regard to Clive’s decision to continue with the “party,” I believe he made the best decision, based on his personal relationship with Whitney, and the input from her family. If anything, he had a better idea of what she would want…definitely more than any one person here.

  • Moria Polonius

    So what? So, you would’ve been fine going to the party knowing that the body was upstairs. I don’t know. That would just make me uncomfortable. Then again, I wouldn’t have gone. I would’ve turned the car around and gone home. And the reason why they couldn’t move the body was because of the party.

    And Clive Davis wished the event to continue. 

    Is that really so hard to understand that other people are not you and don’t adhere to your ideas of what reacting, grieving and showing respect should be?

  • Incipit

    Yes. Showing respect.

    This hypothetical “what would you do” gets very simple when one realizes, “It’s not about you.” (the hypothetical you – with the hypothetical invitation)

     It’s about supporting the people there (whom you hypothetically know, on some level) and doing whatever can bring a measure of comfort to the situation. So, if your presence is requested in the face of a tragedy, you can extend your regrets to the host, and your sympathy to the family, and explain that your sensibilities are just too delicate…show up and grumble your disapproval all evening, or you can respect the wishes of the bereaved and attend, take part in the impromptu tributes, and extend yourself to be compassionate to those who are grieving – whether you are uncomfortable or not – because, “it’s not about you.”

    From that POV, it couldn’t be more simple. IMO. Of Course.

  • koshka

    I agree… some people process info like this quietly and others need to talk and socialize. Everyone is different.

    Additionally, I know many are fans of Whitney’s work, but IMO the world doesn’t revolve around one person. The Grammy’s (and associated parties) are place to celebrate the arts and to celebrate other artist’s accomplishments. 

    I’m sorry she has passed, its a shame, but to be honest, I hoping I’m not going to have to listen to Whitney’s news on CNN all day. I didn’t know her, she wasn’t a friend or relative or even an acquaintance. I have nothing to grieve other than the fact that there is yet one less person in the world due to their involvement with drugs. Hate on me about, but thats just the way I feel.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Recap of Clive’s party from RollingStone magazine:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/clive-davis-pre-grammy-party-goes-on-in-memory-of-whitney-houston-20120212

    Excerpt:

    Inside the Beverly Hilton hotel, where security was beefed up, news
    crews filmed live updates and police could still be seen walking all
    throughout the lobby level of the hotel, most people were a little
    surprised the celebration went on. Several artists said they expected it
    to be scuttled. But once word got out that the party would go on, stars
    came out in droves, with Dr. Dre, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hanks,
     Britney Spears, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Skrillex, Slash and
    many more on hand. Some, like Slash, said they came to support Davis, a
    sentiment echoed by Diddy in his remarks from the stage, where he spoke
    of Davis’ generosity.

    Recording Academy President Neil Portnow addressed rumors about the
    party having been close to being canceled, saying that was never a
    consideration. And Davis gave a reason why they soldiered on in his
    heartfelt opening remarks, “Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the
    music to go on, and her family asked that we carry on.</strong"

  • Anonymous

    Yeah that larry king is the source of that information doesn’t assure me that said information is accurate!

  • Anonymous

    According to poster at Pulse:
     
     “Carrie Underwood commented at her fan club that she was scheduled to attend the party last night, but didn’t find it appropriate to go under the circumstances.”

    I have no opinion either way about the party.

  • Anonymous

    Not everyone who parties hard dies the next day. Sadly it’s assumed Whitney had many nights like that, that didn’t turn into days like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Morning after, Whitney is dead, and media will probably cover her death like the vultures that they are. Blaming or praising the people who went to a party which turned into a kind of a wake because of the tragedy is missing the point. Some of us would have shown up, some of us wouldn’t have, and we would all have excellent reasons for our decision. That has nothing to do with the tragedy here, which is that a talented artist who did not have it easy died young :(

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Another recap of Clive’s party with quotes from Clive and guests:

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/story/2012-02-09/Grammys-Gala-mood-shifts/53058324/1

    Excerpt about Clive:

    The music mogul stepped to the microphone after 9:30 p.m., stating somberly, “By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.”

    Referring to the gathered artists and executives as Houston’s “extended family,” he said, “She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. So, simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”

  • GS61

    Sounds like a lot of rationalization of behavior thats more about self promotion (Got to have your picture taken) than doing the right thing!

    I agee with Carrie’s statement. She had at least enough sense and class to do the appropriate thing.

  • Anonymous

    So sad to hear this news this morning. Such an unbelievable waste.

    I honestly can’t believe there is any controversy about the party going on. This was what Clive wanted, it’s what Whitney’s family wanted, and that is all that matters in this situation. I do hope both were able to find comfort being surrounded by friends and people who loved Whitney.

    eta: The saddest thing is that I wasn’t even really shocked when I heard the news. So sad how she got off-course and was having such a struggle getting back on.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think anyone noticed she wasn’t there, they were too busy mourning the loss of a legend. 

  • Anonymous

    Late late late to the news. Almost wish I hadn’t ever heard. I should have just kept my nose in my book and not turned on the computer. Sigh. 

    But I can’t say that I’m totally surprised. Whitney’s behavior over the last few years has been erratic – depressing to watch the spiral downward. Even though she was attempting to clean up and “come back” – I just always got the feeling that the spiral continued. My reaction when I read this headline was the same as the one I had when I read about Amy Winehouse. Predictable and oh, so sad.

    But I will always have Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You.” The voice will live on.

  • GS61

    …And getting their ugly mugs and sound bites filmed on the red carpet.
    Unbelievable!!

  • sf3456

    Respect?  I think continuing with a party because you didn’t want to pay for a party you didn’t get to have disrespectful.

    I think all of those people getting dressed up, walking the red carpet,
    smiling in the pictures, walking inside to that party disrespectful.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    And…we’re so NOT going to use this thread to bash..thinly veiled or NOT the rival to your favorite Idol.

    Fanwar-free zone in here, people.

  • Anonymous

    I still have yet to figure out why avoiding the gathering would have constituted “doing the right thing.”  It wasn’t a gathering for her to begin with.

    In any industry, if an attendee dies just before an event, they don’t call it off. It doesn’t matter who they are, the events still go on.  Why are celebrities constantly held to a completely different standard than we hold everyone else to?

  • sf3456

    What did Carrie say?  Mark Salling from Glee tweeted that he was on his way to the party and had to turn around upon hearing the news.  He had enough sense and class to do the appropriate thing.  Did Carrie say or do something like that?

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I disagree with those who think the party ought to have been cancelled.  This wasn’t just a partly – it was an industry event on the biggest weekend in the music industry – planned for months if not the last year. She was a guest, not the host. And she wasn’t performing. Why would they cancel it? What about all the artists who were scheduled to perform or who were being honored? All the prepared food, etc.? Just see no reason for the indignation.

    And, anyway, isn’t the mantra in performing “the show must go on” no matter what?

  • Anonymous

    Just watched a few Whitney YouTubes and relived just how glorious her voice was. Particularly the SSB, it is easy to see why that version is legendary. She sang that with utter confidence and such joy and exuberance! When I think of the pressure now on the artists who sing the SSB and the pressure it puts on them. Whitney just went out there and sang with not a whit of nervousness, wow. She left a tremendous legacy of a vocal masterclass, and she will always be remembered for this gift.
    My .02 on the party. When I have been in mourning I have found great comfort in being around other people who were feeling the same to talk, remember and try to make sense of our loss. I think many people feel the same, but some would just prefer to deal with it on their own. Nothing wrong with either.

  • Anonymous

    interesting that you think Carrie has a better handle on what is appropriate than people who actually knew Whitney, like her actual family and Clive Davis. 

    Personally I wouldn’t have wanted to go either, but I’d have dragged myself along anyway because the noises were that Whitney would have wanted the event to go ahead.  IMO it takes more sense and class to put the wishes of the deceased’s family and friends before my own personal feelings at a time like that.

    ETA MJ that is NOT a criticism of Carrie. Everybody does what they feel is best in a situation like this. It is just an observation about the insistance that either option denotes right or wrong, sense, class, or appropriateness.

  • Anonymous

    Cancelling the party might have been a classy thing to do but I understand why they held it.  It’s kind of weird to bash people for attending or not attending the party. I don’t think it’s a big deal either way.

    How was Carrie supposed to know about the Whitney family and their wishes?
    I kind of doubt they run in the same circles. ;) I think people just decided at the last minute and that was it.

  • GS61

    I was refering to jpfan2’s earlier comment. Good to hear some others had enough sense too.
    Perhaps they felt the need to carry on the party, no matter how ghoulish if indeed Whitney was still upstairs or not, but they certainly should have canceled the red carpet selfpromotion for these self centered celebs!

    Go in, pay your respects if you think that’s the right thing to do. Don’t stop and talk to the media.
    People are getting on Simon’s case for his comments. Yeah, he’s an idiot, but at least he didn’t go to a party where someone had just died!

  • Anonymous

    The appropriate thing IMO was to consider the family’s wishes.  Reading Clive’s statement, he did so by allowing the event to carry on.  It was an individual choice to go or not.  I suspect those who went were there out of respect for Clive and Whitney and not to party hardy.  If they weren’t respectful, I daresay Clive won’t be inviting them again to anything. 

  • Tess

    I so agree with you.  I wonder how many of us wouldn’t “go to work” if one of our colleagues dies.  I think all the hub-bub about the gathering last night was because it was referred to as a “party” but it was and is much more than that.  Clive presents an event to honor people who have contributed to the music industry, last night I think it was about Tony Bennett and, among others, Richard Branson of Virgin records.

    If everything was to stop in Hollywood when one of their own dies than the town may as well roll itself up…and if going on with a scheduled event was disrespectful to Whitney then they should cancel the grammys, too.  What difference does a day make.

  • sf3456

    Yeah, I scrolled down and saw Carrie’s statement.  She also had the sense to do the right thing.

    And yes, if they had to continue on with the party, cancel the damn red carpet.  I saw pictures of these people smiling and I’m like, I wonder if they know Whitney’s body is still upstairs.  But it didn’t matter.  These people have albums to promote.  And people like Kim kardashian needs to have her picture taken.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think there is a “right thing” in this situation. Every person should do what his or her conscience tells him to do. People react to death and grieve in different ways. Some people would want to be alone after a sudden death like this, even if they didn’t necessarily know the person that well, others would prefer to be with other people. Maybe the support of having others going through the same thing helps them cope. Personally, I don’t think anyone should be criticized for attending this event, and neither should anyone be criticized if they decided not to go. 

  • Anonymous

    How was Carrie supposed to know about the Whitney family and their wishes.

    Just in case that is in response to my post, i already clarified as you were posting.  I am in NO WAY criticizing Carrie for her decision, just challenging the insistance that either option was ‘right/wrong/’appropriate’/classy’ reaction. 

    Carrie might not have direct links to Whitney’s people, but I’m sure she does have access to news media.  I knew the event was still going ahead because Clive and her family said that is what she would have wanted and I am on the other side of the globe with zero connections to anything.  We do what we feel is right in situations like this.

  • Tess

    Why would it make any difference in the grand scheme of things as to where Whitney’s body was once she died.  Would it have been OK to go on with the event if Whitney would have died in her own home in her own bed.

    I didn’t know Whitney and I lost track of her as someone I “followed” long ago.  Sure I love her material and am always amazed at how she sang the first few bars of ‘I Will Always Love You’ acapella and it sounded, in my head, like she was accompanied by a thousand strings.  Most of the people walking the red carpet weren’t intimates of Whitney.  They were probably saddened by the news, as I was, but their lives weren’t impacted.

    I just don’t get the meme that having life go on is disrespectful to the dead.  I wouldn’t have cancelled going to the “party” since it wasn’t about Whitney in the first place.  Call me unfeeling if you like.

  • Anonymous

    That Tom Hanks–what a classless guy.

  • OffLeash

    Carrie’s classy, as usual. Can’t say the same for the rest of them. Yeah, they have albums to promote and need to keep their names out there, so I guess it makes it alright. *shrugs*

  • Anonymous

    No.  The party had nothing to do with the time frame of when they moved the body.   Whitney died a sudden death.   The police need to investigage the scene and gather evidence.   They can not rule out homicide until they do an investigation, even if it is obvious.   Also, this is LA.   It’s not like the LA County Coroner’s office has an abundance of staff.   They are going to get there when someone is available.  The LA County Coroner’s office investigates about 9000 deaths per year. Here is their annual report from 2009.   This is the most recent report I could find.

    http://coroner.co.la.ca.us/Docs/2009%20Annual%20Report_FINAL.pdf

  • GS61

    Actually, yes it would have made a difference where she died. The part that bothers me the most was the Hotel became a crime scene. The people and press showing up hindered the investigation, in the very least in the ability and timing to remove the body. Who knows what else.

    And comparing cancelling some party to the actual Grammy awards is just ridiculous.

  • mmb

    If those closest to Whitney — Clive and her family — felt the party should go on, then what is the issue?  Not only was this a long planned industry event, but other industry luminaries — of equal or greater stature than Whitney — were being honored at the party, among them Diana Ross.   If people felt they should stay home, that is perfectly fine; if others wanted to go to support Clive, the family, honor Whitney and support the evenings honorees, then that is fine too. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    I think everyone responds to death different ways. I don’t thing there’s a right or wrong way to view death it all depends on people’s culture, experiences and the way they view death. One person choosing not to go to a party after a death and another person wanting to remember and celebrate the person does not make anyone of them wrong.   

    R.I.P Whitney Houston gone too soon. 

  • Anonymous

    The people and press showing up hindered the investigation, in the very
    least in the ability and timing to remove the body. Who knows what else.

    She died in her hotelroom, i fail to see how something in a completely seperate part of the venue ‘hinderd the investigation’.  Also, Whitney Houston died and the building was a hotel, there would have been press and people there even if the grammy event was actually scheduled in timbuktoo.

  • Tess

    Why…what’s the diff.  They are both “events” that have a purpose.  It isn’t like a couple of hundred people just got together at Clive’s house to network and drink.  The semantics of this just escape me.

    So, should the couple who may have been having a wedding party or an engagement party at the hotel on Saturday be “forced” to cancel their event because the hotel needed the space to investigate.  Whitney’s death took place in a room on the 4th floor….why would the entire hotel need to be yellow taped to keep everyone out.  

    Besides, I don’t think the hotel would necessarily have wanted a body to be wheeled out thru the lobby anywhos.  Most of the time service entries and loading docks and service elevators are commonly used.  It isn’t like Whitney was the first to die in a hotel room.  

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, how do you know any of that hindered the removal of the body.  I live in LA.  The police are going to do what they are going to do regardless of who is around.   Again, this is the LAPD.   Death of a celebrity is nothing new to them.  It’s not their first rodeo.   Ditto with the LA County Coroner.   

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame any of the guests for showing up.  Since the party was still going on as usual, they were put in an odd position.  That’s not their fault.  But I do think Clive should have at least postponed the party a few hours until her body had been removed and all police and ambulance personnel were gone.  To say Whitney would have wanted the party to go on with her body still upstairs is very odd – how in the world would anyone know that?  Of course her family said not to cancel it, but I don’t even think he should have put her family on the spot like that by having them make a decision when they were shocked and grieving, to me that is kind of disrespectful too.  Clive should have made the decision himself.  If it would have caused major chaos to postpone the party a few hours, so be it.  If people didn’t find out in time and showed up and had to be turned away until later, so be it.  If it meant some wouldn’t come then or Clive lost money, then so be it.  It just seems like that would have been the right thing for Clive to do since he was so close to Whitney personally, not to carry on with the party exactly as it was scheduled.  I think some accommodations should have been made under the circumstances.  Clive put everyone in an awkward position last night. 

  • sf3456

    Its funny to see people talking about what is appropriate and classy
    while using this as an attempt to bash their ‘rival idols’. 

    I’m not even a Carrie Underwood fan.  But she got points with me for what she said and did.  Same with Mark Salling from Glee.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” Personally, I don’t think anyone should be criticized for attending
    this event, and neither should anyone be criticized if they decided not
    to go.”

    Exactly how I feel.

  • sf3456

    It wouldn’t make any difference where Whitney was found.  Since she was such a treasure to Clive, he still should’ve canceled the party.  Or at least the red carpet.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but unfortunately, he probably wasn’t privy to any of the details of the investigation or was given any specific time line of when the body would be removed.   So there was no point in postponing.  

  • mmb

    So the hundreds of other artists and industry executives who attended the party, including Clive Davis– and I repeat, there were other artists and industry executives being honored last night, this was more than just a party–  were all classless???  Should everyone have just stayed home and snubbed Clive and the other honorees???

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Actually I think the chaos of people turning up and having to be turned away would have been worse that that of them showing up and being shown to the booked area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle

    I don’t see what exactly would cancelling the party (planned for months and impacting a lot of people, not just celebrities) accomplish. Does going on with the party means all those people who attended disrespected Whitney somehow? It was not a party in her honor to be cancelled but I’m sure people there honored  her.

  • OffLeash

    Yep, and that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it, I don’t care what others think. The party should’ve been cancelled under the tragic circumstances. Then again they probably didn’t want all the money they had invested in the party preparations to go to waste. 

  • musicality

    So the hundreds of other artists and industry executives who attended
    the party, including Clive Davis– and I repeat, there were other
    artists and industry executives being honored last night, this was more
    than just a party–  were all classless???  Should everyone have just
    stayed home and snubbed Clive and the other honorees???

    No, of course not.  I think MJ hit the nail on the head in her last post on page 7. I think this is just unique to the Idol Bubble and fan war fare than anything else.

  • Chris

    Yes, Whitney has probably partied hard before, but in those clips, just like with every other celebrity, there is always a posse hanging out at the club, getting into the cars afterward, “yay partay.” Then, they dissappear and leave the person to fend for themself.  Its not just Whitney, but it shows once again that all those people that she may have thought were her “friends” are mostly just leaches there for the fun, then gone.  

    Usually on this board, we’re discussing the young idols, just starting out and I hope they learn a valuable lesson.  Be careful who you surround yourself with and the party scene may seem like fun, but there’s a huge consequence and no one is invincible.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t really be hard on anyone for choosing to go or not to go.  This had to be a terrible shock to the music industry people. I’m sure some of them felt better gathering together, where as others felt better staying home.  In situations like this, I think you have to go with whatever makes you comfortable. 

    I’m guessing it will be hard for some of these people to even attend the Grammys.  I wish them all the best, on what will likely be a very difficult night. 

  • koshka

    See what I don’t get is that the party wasn’t being hosted by her, she wasn’t performing or an honored guest. If it was any other lesser known invitee no one would be complaining. So if tom hanks or Britney or Alicia Keys died that afternoon, should they have cancelled the party because they were an attendees? That logic doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t care how big she used to be, she is still not bigger than the whole industry.

  • Tess

    I still do not understand why the thought is out there that Clive’s event should have been cancelled and that people were “disrespectful” to Whitney for showing up.  Just like Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, Whitney has been tabloid fodder for years and her life has not been an exemplary one.  Why, just because she died too early and suddenly, should she now be honored to the extent that the world should stop spinning….what did she do to earn that right.  Yes she had a great voice and a marvelous talent but she didn’t discover a cure for cancer or save the world from devastation.  

  • Chris

    I think the word “party” is the issue, because in Hollywood, that brings up images of champagne corks popping, drunk dancing, and general misbehavior along with mugging for the camera showing off your Dolce & Gabanna gown.

    My guess is from reading the comments inside the event, is it turned into more of a gathering.  People were on their way anyway, so there is a way to have the event, but not be disrespectful.  Perhaps a classy thing to do if they thought of it would have been to call off the red carpet.  But again, most of the interviews on the red carpet were asking about Whitney.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I think Clive did the right thing in continuing on with the event and I believe it was after much soul searching and heart wrenching as well as the input of her immediate family.

    I respect those who chose to show respect for Whitney and Clive by either attending or staying home. I would have been torn on what would be right for me. Personally, I like to grieve privately for a few hours and collect my thoughts. After that I want to be with people to both mourn and celebrate the deceased’s life. It is cathartic.

    – Watching local news now. Just in – no evidence of drinking or illegal drugs. She was found under water in the bathtub. There was prescription Xanax at the scene. This is an anti-anxiety drug that many people take.

  • Anonymous

    There was no reason to cancel, because the event wasn’t interfering with the investigation. It wasn’t like she died in that room, next door or even on the same floor. Whitney would have been an invited guest, not one of the people being honored. None of these people were like Joe Jackson after Michael died, trying to promote his label on the BET red carpet.

  • http://idrag4mj.blogspot.com/ MENSAH

    “I received a phone call from Jordin. She was in tears. She is utterly devastated,” Jordin Sparks’ grandmother, Pam Weidman, told Fox 10 by phone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    People react differently when in shock. With everything going on and people finding out this news as the night went on, whether they were close to Whitney or fans such as ourselves, I don’t think there was an appropriate or inappropriate way to act. I don’t feel judging anyone for anything that went down last night is proper. It is what it is and it is what people feel at the moment.

  • OffLeash

    People don’t drown when they take a bath unless under special circumstances. How tragic that someone who had everything, talent, recognition, fame, money and beauty, could never find peace in her heart. :( 

  • AllenTX

    Life does go on as usual. This forum is the proof. How did this sad topic get turned into a same old same old bickering?

  • Anonymous

    Oh Whitney!  I prayed that your life would turn around for the better. But it was not to be-RIP.Am Very Sad:(

    I  Do not think there will be anybody ever  with Whitney’s extraordinary  Blessed talent.Yes there are many talents of her generation but none close to what she could do with her voice-it was an instrument. I must say that my favourite female singers of all times are Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Barbra Streisand. For me Whitney was the best singer of her generation.

    How can I forget her other achievements in acting and modelling . She was very beautiful and her smile and laughter lit up a room.

    We have lost a lot of talent lately for different reasons. From MJ to Amy Winehouse  to Etta James. 

    I think singers and artist have to sit up and take notice and re-evaluate their lives if they want a long successful career.  I do not think people should blame anyone for getting invloved in drugs and alcohol-Its their choice. Not only is dignity lost the most valuable asset the voice is beyond repair.  I do think the pressure to be successful can take its toil on a  vulnerable personality-like  Whitney.Am sure her family was there for her. My heart goes out to her mum & daughter.

    On here I sometimes read comments on people not perceived as successful. Can we imagine the pressure they might be going through? Yes they want to be artist BUT…..  Some singers take it in their stride-but many dont.Success is something we all as human beings aspire to be. But if you are living your success in the public eye  and you fail the whole world focuses on your gloom and doom. I know its normal. I suppose I am not suited to sadness.

    I better stop now before I start crying again. For Christ sake I do not know what’s come over me. Get a grip!

    Later

    Regards

    B-Babie

     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    I think some people dealt with this news by drinking, others by running from the bottle, hoping for a different epitate. No one can predict a reaction to shocking news and everyone handles it differently. Some talk, others retreat, some cry, others just grieve. Grief has not ever been classified and its reactions never will be either.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Whitney.  The choices made the paths taken the tortured soul.  Hope she is a last at peace.  The party and who attended not really important.

  • asifclueless

     Today is a very sad day for me !!

    Whitney Houston … Rest In Peace !!

    She had touched millions of people all around the world and had given … joy, inspiration, hope, and happiness.

    We lost one of the greatest artists who died too young and too soon.

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and especially her daughter.
    I know how one feels to lose one’s mother.

    Whitney … I Will Always Love You.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt that the event going on as scheduled  hindered the investigation in any way. I live in L.A. I was at work when the news of Houston’s death broke and when I drove home a few hours later, I went right past the Beverly Hills Hilton. Traffic was moving as normal (they hadn’t stopped it yet in order to remove her body). If I hadn’t known what had happened, I would have considered it just a typical Saturday night in L.A.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    edit: You’ve been posting here long enough now to realize I’d delete this post as soon as I found it.

    Please don’t attack fellow commenters. Keep your thoughts focused on the subject!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The latest from TMZ:

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/12/whitney-houston-autopsy/#.TzgBSSOzW4E

    Autopsy today.  No illegal drugs were found.

  • Anonymous

    If I were a celebrity and I knew Whitney, I’d still be on the red carpet, smiling and going to the party. Does that make me an insensitive classless bastard? Hell no. Everyone’s coping mechanism is different, and in general mine would be to act normal. Of course I’d still be sad for her, and I’d think it would be appropriate to be there for her honor. It’s not like we were celebrating her death (which would be pretty awful) or celebrating a party just for Whitney, in which case I probably would have felt it inappropriate. For that matter, the party would definitely be pretty somber, and I would have felt the need to cope with other people and help them cope. If Clive did cancel the party I would’ve gone pretty much insane, since I would be terrible at coping privately.

    I wouldn’t fault people for not going, either. If Carrie felt it was inappropriate to go and she didn’t go, good on her. If Clive felt it was appropriate to continue with the party believing it to be what Whitney and her family would have wanted, good on him.

    In the end, who really gives a damn about people going to the party? Life goes on, and this kind of “people are classless for going, people are classless for not going” thing is really unimportant. I really hope that issue is just put to rest.

    …Although I missed something, what did Tom Hanks do?

    ETA: I forget the rules about linking to articles, but there’s one on Yahoo about Whitney Houston’s last days. I knew her last days were erratic, but I didn’t know it was that bad (Scratches on her wrists and blood streaks on her legs, especially). That’s pretty disturbing.

  • musicality

    I just talked to my mother. She attended a concert of Whitney’s in the 1980’s right when Whitney first started emerging. She wasn’t a big name yet but she had a huge hit on the radio and was just starting out. My mother said it was a fairly small venue about 1500 seats which is about right for someone starting out. She said Whitney showed up wasted and kept forgetting the words. People ended up walking out. Now this was a good 25 years ago. This woman has been battling demons for decades now. What happened was just a matter of time. It’s a shame. From what I’m reading its prescriptive drugs that may be the culprit. It’s a shame as she had such a big voice and was so talented. But it wasn’t a surprise. We’ve all seen her spiraling downward for the last decade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here is an interview that Clive did last month talking about his relationships with artists who have had substance abuse problems.  There was a mention of Janis here but towards the end is about Whitney and when you think about what happened yesterday, it almost gives you chills to hear this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agZXoSAlqqo

  • Anonymous

    This tragedy can be viewed as a cautionary tale for those who want to become mega stars in the music industry: Be careful what you wish for, this road can be very dangerous.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Whitney put the heart into the word DIVA!   She was the ultimate Diva with a voice like an angel and a life that spiraled in and out of  control!   Like Judy Garland before here, Whitney’s light has gone out too soon, and the world has lost greatness.   May she RIP.

  • Tess

    Interesting….I never knew of Whitney having a problem with drugs or alcohol prior to her linking up with Bobby in the 90s.  Before that everything with Whitney was pretty much roses as far as I can remember.  Maybe this anecdotal story took place after Whitney had risen to the top and was on a downhill slide in the mid 90s….can’t think she was drunk during a performance in the early years when she was just 18.  But then I may have missed some stuff.

  • GS61

    Sounds like somewhat of an enabler to me.
    As long as she kept showing up, he kept her employed.
    Maybe he should have done what CBS did to Charlie Sheen and fired her and perhaps this could have saved her like it did Charlie.
    So sad.

  • Anonymous

    No, he couldn’t have. Sorry, but unless a person wants to get better, they won’t. It’s not something you can force either. I have had to deal with this same exact situation for almost 20 years with my sister. If an addict wants to get high, they will.  Having a job or not won’t stop them, and you can only do so much for them. The sad fact is, by the time most want to get better it’s usually too late.

  • GS61

    I’m really sorry to hear that about your sister. I hope she turns it around.

  • Anonymous

    oh geez :(

    BREAKING: Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, rushed on a stretcher to a local hospital. Story developing…tmz.com/2012/02/12/whi 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Wow.

    Here is the link to that TMZ story:

    LINK

     

  • Tess

    I totally agree…a mentor, a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend can only do so much once a person with a problem becomes an adult.  Unless a court takes away some ones’ rights you can’t throw them into a rehab center and take away the key.  Bobby Brown was an enabler ’cause he got Whitney hooked and he kept on supplying the drugs, Clive was not.  

    Clive didn’t “use” Whitney…he provided her with opportunities to embrace her talent’s and to get people to enjoy those talents.  He didn’t put a gun to her head.

    I find it rather sad that, so many times, everyone but the addict is blamed for the problem.  Life is tough for most people and it is full of pressure for even us simple folks…but millions of us do fine without resorting to drugs and alcohol.  The only one who can “stop” an addict is an addict….sure you can help them and support them but ultimately the choice is theirs since the greatest gift the universe bestowed on us is the right of free agency.  

  • Kesia Monteith

    Here is the PEOPLE magazine link: http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20569493_20569582,00.html

    Poor Bobbi Kristina :( I can’t imagine what she is going through.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh no!  I hope that it’s not serious. 

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Whitney was coping drugs out in Jersey way before she met Bobby Brown. This wasn’t a secret out here.  I always thought it was a little unfair that Bobby got the blame for introducing her to drugs. I think the media and general public wanted to believe that Whitney was the good girl that she showed the public and Bobby was the bad boy whose career was on the down slope when she met him. Bobby was never really a bad boy prior to meeting Whitney. He never gotten in trouble with the law until after they hooked up and fell deep into the drugs together.

  • Kesia Monteith

    How did you know about her prior drug use before Bobby? I had no idea…

  • Tess

    Amazing what you learn…so Whitney was always the problem and the rep Bobby Brown had before teaming up with Whitney was all fabricated.  Interesting, guess the “real” truth just hides amongst the facts.

  • Miss Chaos

    But maybe she slipped and fell in the bathtub like Stephen Tyler did.  They didnt find any illegal drugs in her system, maybe it was just an accident, and she happened to be famous.  People fall in the bathtub and drown all the time, they just arent famous so it goes unreported.  Its now a shame all her problems in life will be splashed all over the news articles, and we have to hear and read about that, instead of just sorry the poor woman died.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Images for people in the public eye are just that, and can often give a very different perception to reality (which is often the point).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “They didnt find any illegal drugs in her system,”

    If they are doing the autopsy today, then I doubt that the results of toxicology would be known so soon.  Apparently, they did not find any illegal drugs in her hotel room, but there were prescription drugs found there.

    Plus, if Whitney fell and hit her head, there would be external signs of the blow. The preliminary autopsy results would reveal gross physical trauma.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Kesia Monteith, I’m from NYC and back in the day when drugs was rampant in the 80’s and 90’s it was no secret who did drugs. Back than the celebs were mingling with the public in the clubs. Today they seclude themselves in VIP sections. Everyone knew which celebs were coping from the dealers who frequent the clubs and who weren’t. You would be shock which celebs were doing drugs out in the open back then.

  • GS61

    I never heard this either, but I didn’t really follow Whitney. I knew she was from my area and about my age, I grew up about 20 min. from Newark, NJ.

    …This story just gets sadder and sadder. I hope her daughter is okay.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Bobby Brown was a young pot head. Whitney was the one who actually introduced him to the hard drugs.

  • Anonymous

    whether Whitney had used drugs or not before getting involved with Bobby, I wouldn’t put all the blame on him. Did he force her to do drugs, hold her down and stick a needle in her arm or force her to sniff coke against her will or something? I somehow doubt it. Whitney was an adult — shouldn’t she have been held at least partially accountable for her own choices? 

  • Anonymous

    I hate to speak ill of the dead, but I have heard exactly the same thing Whiskey. Whitney had a deep relationship with cocaine long before she ever met the younger Bobby Brown. It was covered up because of her exalted status and her “goodgirl” reputation. Her whole adult life has been one of tragedy. So sad.

  • Jx223

     I was sorry to hear that this happened. This is very sad. Whitney was a very talented woman, it’s sad to see her die young. My condolences  go out to her family.
    I agree with points that Xentusk and Whiskey have made about Bobby Brown. Bobby has definitely made his share of mistakes but I don’t really blame him for Whitney’s death. I think that they were both ultimately responsible for their own choices, including their drug use. I think that they both really did love each other and their family, but that their drug use was one of the biggest, if not the biggest thing that drove them apart and tanked their marriage. Bobby has admitted that he did a lot of things wrong. But I think that a lot of the public/media likes to most of the blame on him for Whitney’s problems, because they never really thought he was good enough for her in the first place. (Even before most people found out about Whitney’s drug use).
    I have sympathy for him because I think he did love her and that she loved him, but ultimately they couldn’t get their stuff together to survive as a couple. I think he probably is really saddened that the woman he was married to for over a decade and mother of his child is dead.

    It is not known for sure how she died yet, but I wonder if maybe this ends up being another “accidental overdose” death that we have seen happen several times over the last few years with celebrities. Maybe Whitney did mix some type of prescription drugs with alcohol, lost consciousness and ended up drowning as a result.

  • Tess

    It’s funny that I can’t find any anecdotal evidence of Whitney being involved in drugs prior to meeting Bobby Brown in 1989.  I may be pretty naive but the club scene in New York wasn’t exactly a hub of discretion in the mid 80s and if Whitney would have been indulging then she would have been in the media just like all the other very visible and non-contrite cocaine heads of that era.  

    I do find it interesting that the web, today, is full of comments about how innocent Bobby Brown was and that he is being revered as a victim of this anti god, full blown druggie, older woman, practicing lesbian.

    She may well have been all of these things in her late teens and early twenties but I am surprised that no one ever talked about it, then.  Boy, she must have had one great PR manager who knew everyone that was anyone in the media to keep those abuses out of the press.

  • Anonymous

    There were all those rumors and yes she had great PR, the best money can buy. Whitney was a full grown woman when she married Bobby. almost 30, he didn’t introduce her to anything she didn’t know of. People had this idea of Whitney as being this sheltered church kid, but alot of that was manufactured. Bobby is a mess, but he isn’t responsible for whitney’s tragic passing.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I guess you had to be there to know. New Yorkers are pretty blase about what celebs do and could care less about running to the media to rat out some celebrity. Especially back in the 80’s where ratting out someone who could than lead to finding out who their dealers are would get you killed. I guess some celebs didn’t hide it enough to not get in the media but it wasn’t like Whitney was lining up cocaine on the table out in the open and the media wasn’t hanging outside waiting for celebs to come out and take pictures like today. Some were very discrete about it but you knew. Today it is much different time and someone will rat you out to the media for $$$$. NY is a very different safe climate now.

  • shell29

    ITA.  Bobby’s no saint but neither was Whitney.  He’s not to blame for her passing.

  • Anonymous

    I certainly don’t think that anyone here is sanctifying Bobby or villifying Whitney? I have always adored Whitney Houston, and neither her tragic drug addiction, nor the exact circumstances surrounding their origin, change that. Ultimately Whitney was the master of her own fate, just as Bobby is of his own.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  Remember the 1980s was long before cell phones, digital cameras, the internet and of course youtube.   People needed to be discrete, but not that discrete.   I was a teen/early 20s in the 1980s and I used to go to clubs in Los Angeles and it was not uncommon to see a star hanging out.  

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    I was so glued to CNN last night that I couldn’t do anything else but watch and listen to the tragic news.  I’ve read about half of the posts here, and for whatever it’s worth, I have a rather ‘outside the box’ opinion of Whitney’s passing, Clive Davis, the party, etc.

    Everyone knows that Whitney loved to party … and she loved Grammy Weekend … and she loved Clive Davis … and she loved the celebration of music.  So, what more fitting way to leave this earthly planet than to do it right on Grammy Weekend and, in fact, right on the day of Clive’s big party?

    I believe, in a strange twist of serendipitous fate, that this was the ‘perfect’ departure for Whitney, and I have no doubt that she wanted Clive’s party to go on as scheduled with her as the ‘guest of honor’.  And that’s exactly how it all went down … as she ‘planned’ it, unwittingly surrounded by all her musical peers, the party atmosphere that she loved and her ‘mentor’ Clive Davis to set it all up in grand style as he has always done in the past.

    Well played, Whitney … well played.

    Rest in peace and sing with the angels … “Your Soul Will Be OK …”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Boy, she must have had one great PR manager who knew everyone that was
    anyone in the media to keep those abuses out of the press.”

    A great publicist is somehow able to maintain a certain public image and keep information damaging/contrary to that image out of the media and public eye.  A great example is Tom Cruise and his deep involvement with Scientology was kept out of the public eye by his publicist, Pat Kingsley, until he fired her, hired his sister as his publicist (who is also a Scientologist) and suddenly all of this stuff started coming out.  BIG mistake to have fired Pat Kingsley.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4416936.stm

  • Reflections On Life

    “She has sold 200 albums world wide.”

    Typo – I think she sold a few more than that.