The Los Angeles Times is reporting the following:
At approximately 3:43 p.m. the Beverly Hills Police Department received a 911 call to respond to the Beverly Hilton hotel regarding a medical emergency. Police and fire personnel were immediately dispatched. Fire Department personnel were already on scene at the hotel due a pre-Grammy event taking place later this evening.
Fire Department personnel, accompanied by hotel security, responded to the hotel room occupied by entertainer Whitney Houston. Upon arrival, first responders discovered Whitney Houston unresponsive. They initiated CPR, but were unable to revive her. At approximately 3:55 pm. Whitney Houston, age 48, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Houston was positively identified at the scene by members of her entourage, which included friends, co-workers and family. Ms. Houston’s daughter and mother were notified of her death.
Beverly Hills Police detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene to conduct a death investigation. This is a common practice whenever a death occurs which is unattended and unexpected. The investigation is currently being conducted and there is no additional information at this time.
The actual cause of death will be determined by the [Los Angeles County] Coroner’s Office.
It’s being hinted that Whitney was found in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Twitter is flooded with mentions about whether Clive Davis did the right thing by going through with his annual pre-Grammy event–which was indeed held at the same hotel where Whitney’s body was found.
Clive Davis told the crowd at the Pre-Grammy Gala …
Photo via Twitter
“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.
My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Christina, to her mother Cissy, to all of her relatives and to so many of you here tonight, her extended family who loved and cherished her and her spirit.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.
I ask that you join me in a moment of silence as we dedicate this evening to Whitney.”
By all accounts, Clive, who discovered Whitney as a teenager, was like family. He never turned his back on Whitney throughout all of her troubled years of addiction. I say Mr. Davis was in a no-win situation and was probably devastatingly heartbroken and numb at the same time. Whitney has left her mother without a daughter and her daughter without a mother. Let that sink in for a second.
I will say it again…and until I’m blue: If you haven’t had addiction worm its way into your life directly or through a loved one, you have no idea what it does to a family, to the addict, to yourself. Count yourself as supremely fortunate if you haven’t felt this darkness.
We understand that the autopsy for Whitney Houston us being performed by the Los Angeles County Coroner today.
We here at Dipped in Cream would love to hear you memories of Whitney…and anything else you feel like sharing. We’re here for you, just as you’re here for us.