Whitney Houston was a famous singer and actor and one of the most successful performers of all time. In fact, in 2009 she was listed as the most awarded female performer of all time with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and more than 410 career awards in total. She was also one of the best selling artists with more than 170 million videos, singles and albums sold worldwide. She had 6 album releases, 3 soundtrack albums and 1 holiday album, all of which achieved a gold or better certification. She also holds the record as the only artist to have seven consecutive number 1 hits. Her acting career was less successful, but “The Bodyguard” was a major box office success. Unfortunately, Houston struggled with a battle against drugs during her career and had stints in rehabilitation. Let’s find out when this much celebrated performer died and how it happened.
Battle with drugs
In her early career Houston was seen as a “good girl” with a very good reputation in and out of the industry. However, in the late 1990′s there were signs of trouble. She lost weight, was late for important interviews, rehearsals, and photo shoots, and even began to cancel concerts and interviews. Rumors about drug use started to swirl and in 2000 she was found, together with her husband, to have marijuana in her luggage in Hawaii. She formally admitted to drug use in an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002. In a 2009 interview with Opera, Houston admitted that she had struggled with everyday drug use since 1996. By the late 2000′s she was routinely criticized for her performances and her health was constantly questioned. In 2011 she enrolled in rehabilitation for help with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her room in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012. Paramedics arrived at 3:30 p.m. and the death was announced at 3:55 p.m. The cause of death was not immediately known, but was later announced to be an accidental drowning along with the effects of heart disease and cocaine use. She also had Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana and Flexeril in her system. An invitation only memorial was held on February 18 and she was buried the next day at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.