WHITNEY HOUSTON: An Icon Is Gone
Vocal icon Whitney Houston died on Saturday. She was 48. Paramedics were called to the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was staying and was scheduled to attend a gala party Saturday night, but were unable to revive her. She was declared dead at 3:55 pm PT.
An autopsy was performed Sunday, but the cause of death won't be announced until the results of a toxicology report are in -- which normally takes four to six weeks. TMZ reports that she was found in a bathtub, and raised the possibility that she may have fallen asleep and drowned. Sedatives, anti-anxiety pills and sleep aids were found in her room, according to ABC News.
Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, performed in Mississippi with New Edition only hours after learning the news. He told the audience in Southaven, "First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage." Partway through the show, though, he was overcome and left the stage. He cancelled his next few dates and headed to L.A. to be with his and Whitney's daughter Bobbi Christina.
Sunday morning, medics were called back to the hotel and rushed Bobbi Christina to Cedars-Sinai Hospital for an apparent anxiety attack. According to TMZ, she'd also visited the ER Saturday night, but had arrived there on her own. She was released later on Sunday. Also according to TMZ, family members fear she may be suicidal.
Although Houston had avoided the tabloids in recent years, numerous media outlets are reporting that she'd appeared disheveled and "out of it" the week before her death, and that she'd been behaving erratically.