The death of iconic singer Whitney Houston in Beverly Hills yesterday has shocked many. Fans and celebrities alike have step up to pour out their condolences and love to the Houston family during these difficult times. New mother Beyoncé has issued a statement via her representative to explain how much the legendary diva marked her [...]
Although the autopsy result of Whitney Houston was hidden, the police finally gives a little glimpse of the cause of death of the 48 year old singer. Unlike the previous allegations, Whitney’s death was not caused by drowning in the bathtub.
One source told TMZ that police found the amount of water in the lungs Whitney was too little to make someone die from drowning. Based on the autopsy, they are more convinced that Whitney died from drugs and alcohol consumed.
Reported by Bang Showbiz, Whitney was known to have consumed alcohol, Xanax and various other drugs shortly before her death. In addition, remains of food like a turkey sandwiches and jalapeno was also found in the room in Beverly Hilton hotel.
However, police still do not want to disclose the results of their investigation because it has not been completed as a whole. Autopsies of the bodies has actually been completed since Sunday (12/2), but still a lot of investigations needs to be conducted by the police.
Whitney died in a hotel bathtub on Saturday (11/2) at 3:55 o’clock in the afternoon. His body will be flown from Los Angeles to New Jersey on Monday (13/2) evening local time. Whitney was pronounced dead after paramedics performed first aid for 20 minutes.
It just so happens that I live about two miles west of the hotel where Whitney Houston’s body was found yesterday afternoon. Driving down Santa Monica Blvd. and seeing the chaotic swirl of paparazzi, news vans, ambulances, cop cars and – most importantly – lines of fans singing her songs, all congregating to form yet another reminder of the bizarre thing that calls itself “Celebrity”. . . reminded me of one thing: the first album I ever bought as a kid was Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard”.
I imagine that this is true for a lot of people. A good friend of mine told me that his first concert was also a Whitney Houston concert in Boston. So, with all the shock and mournful head shaking it just might do everyone a little bit of good to think about a few lesser known things about not just Whitney “The Voice” Houston, but Whitney Houston, the face behind the fame.
1. She started her professional career not as a singer, but as a fashion model after a photographer spotted her singing live with her mother.
2. Her father was half Italian, making her of mixed heritage, including Dutch and Native American.
3. She always cited her greatest musical influences as Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan. She, in turn, influenced every major female recording artist after her, including Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, and Adele.
4. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as The Most Awarded Female Act of All Time, having won over 400 awards throughout her career.
5. The worldwide popularity of her No.1 single from The Bodyguard soundtrack “I Will Always Love You” put the album in the Top Ten Best Selling Albums of All Time.
6. Houston is the only female artist on the list of the Top Ten Best Selling Albums of All Time.
7. Her middle name was “Elizabeth”.
8. She was paid million to star in The Preacher’s Wife in 1996 opposite Denzel Washington. Though the film fared poorly at the box office, her salary made the highest paid African American actress in Hollywood at the time.
9. Houston will appear posthumously in a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps. She produced the film herself and will appear as the main character’s mother.
10. Houston always said that her favorite role on screen was that of Savannah Jackson in Wating to Exhale. She considered it a “breakthrough” because it depicted a black woman who was both professionally successful and a good mother and resisted the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.
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What a shocker!
Confirmed just minutes ago by her publicist that Whitney Houston died earlier today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cause of death hasn’t been revealed, but we can assume drugs & alcohol were involved.
R.I.P., Whitney! We’ll miss you!
”Sin Wagon” by Dixie Chicks
Whitney showed her country roots when she sang “Sin Wagon” by Dixie Chicks. She transformed from an elegant Broadway singer in the kick-off to a country chick in the quarterfinals. The judges were once again blown by her masterful performance. Whitney is the total package and she has what it takes to win Next Broadway Star. Let’s see if she can live up to the expectations in the semifinals.
Whitney Winfield is a 21 year old senior at Pace University, where she is pursuing her B.F.A. in musical theatre. She is the youngest of four children, and the only one to pursue a career in performing arts. A Naples, Florida native, Whitney began performing at the age of 8 and has continuously pursued this career ever since. She left home at age 15 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, a prestigious boarding high school for the study of the arts in Interlochen, Michigan, to focus on Theater. Graduating with highest academic and theatrical honors, Whitney moved to New York City to further her education at Pace. She has been involved in student and faculty productions there, as well as professional projects and regional theatres outside of school.
Whitney loves to bake and was so influenced by her passion for cupcakes, that she got a job at Baked By Melissa, the “mini stuffed cupcakes” store. She is heavily influenced by fashion, music, movies and other forms of popular culture. Her mother and father have been the most supportive parents of anyone she knows and have done and still do everything in their power to assist Whitney in achieving her goals- and for that she is forever grateful. Thanks to all in her life who nurture her mind and spirit.
Favorite credits include: Regional: No, No Nanette (Nanette), Chicago (June/Ens.), Rent (Maureen), My Fair Lady (First Maid/Ens.), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), The Who’s Tommy (Ens.); Educational: The Who’s Tommy (Mrs. Walker), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), City of Angels (Alaura Kingsley), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra), The Illusion (Melibea), A Year With Frog and Toad (Lady Bird 1).
To see Whitney’s progression in the competition please click on the links below:
Whitney’s performance at the kick-off of Next Broadway Star:http://www.broadway.tv/blog/next-broadway-star/next-broadway-star-quarterfinalist-whitney-winfield/
Whitney’s audition for Next Broadway Star: http://www.broadway.tv/blog/broadway-blog/next-broadway-star-whitney-winfield/
“Gimme Gimme” by Modern Millie
Whitney Winfield looked like a star and performed like a star when she sang “Gimme Gimme” by Modern Millie. The judges loved everything about her. They loved her voice, performance, energy, and look.
A Naples, Florida native, she has been performing onstage since the age of 8 and has never given up on her dream of being on Broadway. She has sung in countless competitions, in addition to performing in more than 40 musicals and plays. The Next Broadway Star contest will give Whitney another chance to make her goal a reality!
Smart move, Whitney.
After completing her 30-day out-patient rehab program earlier this week, Whitney Houston has made the decision to seek additional treatment.
She will hire a life coach who will be available to her round-the-clock and will help keep her on track with her drug and alcohol treatment.
It seems like Whitney is really serious this time and really wants to beat her addictions. A source says that “she really wants it this time.”
We’re really rooting for you, Whitney. We want you to get better and we’re so glad to see that you’re taking the necessary steps.
[Image via WENN.]
Whitney Eve Port (born on March 4, 1985) is a clothing designer, model, television personality and occasional actress. She is mostly known for her major role on the former MTV reality series, The Hills. She is also a former fashion contributor for Teen Vogue and worked in the past for Diana von Fürstenberg. She was [...]
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