Music History: Singer Whitney Houston found dead at 48

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Kathryn E. Darden
Feb 12, 2013
Whitney Houston photo from Wikimedia Commons

Gospel and pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead at 48 on Feb. 11, 2012, the eve of the Grammy Awards. The cause of death is not yet known, but early reports indicate drugs were found nearby.

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the site of the music industry's prestigious pre-Grammy party. Clive Davis, host of the Grammy party, discovered Houston's body. It was Davis who originally discovered a young Houston when she sang with her mother in night clubs in the New York City area.

The daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston grew up singing gospel music in church and toured with the Winans gospel group in the summer of 1989. She starred with Denzel Washington in "The Preacher's Wife" in 1996 and she recorded gospel music on the soundtrack album. Find out more about Houston's gospel side at:

The gospel according to Whitney Houston: Whitney's gospel roots (gospel videos included): http://www.examiner.com/gospel-music-entertainment-in-nashville/the-gosp...

Houston's fall from grace was documented on the reality series "Being Bobbi Brown."

In 2009 Whitney Houston released what was to be her comeback album, the gospel influenced "I Look to You," but Houston's voice could no longer support concert appearances.

Houston's uplifting, soaring vocals have cemented her place in music history and in the hearts of her fans. More at: http://www.examiner.com/gospel-music-entertainment-in-nashville/whitney-...