Sunday, February 12, 2012

Watch press conference announcing Whitney Houston dead at 48 (videos)

On February 11, 2012, Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen held a press conference and confirmed the death of 48-year-old Whitney Houston. He stated that at approximately 3:33 p.m. PT, 6:33 p.m. ET, an emergency call was made from the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel requesting assistance for medical aid. Because the fire department was already at the hotel due to pre-Grammy award activities, medical aid responded approximately two-minutes after receiving the call. When officers with the Beverly Hills Police Department responded to the distress cry, they discovered Whitney Houston unresponsive in the bathtub of the hotel room she was staying in which was on the fourth floor.

The fire department and hotel security were using resuscitation efforts on Whitney Houston before BHPD’s arrival, but they proved futile,. Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM, PT, 6:55 PM, ET on February 11, 2012. Friends, family, and co-workers staying at the hotel made a positive identification and her next of kin were notified. Lieutenant Rosen stated there were no obvious signs of criminal intent, indicating that no blood, illegal substances, or signs of a struggle or criminal activity were present. Beverly Hills Police detectives are currently investigating Whitney Houston’s death. An autopsy is scheduled for February 12, 2012.

When asked if Whitney Houston died from a drug overdose, Lieutenant Rosen responded, “It is still under investigation. We have no obvious signs of anything at this time. The first step in the investigation, according to Lt. Rosen, is to determine whether Whitney Houston died of natural causes or another cause, such as a drug overdose. The case has been be turned over to the coroner’s office so an autopsy may be performed. The initial results may return in 24 hours, but should more testing be required, such as toxicology testing to determine if Whitney Houston died from an overdose, the results may take up to six weeks.

You may see video of Whitney Houston’s last performance as provided by the Associated Press and Jet Magazine. Whitney Houston attended a pre Grammy party on February 9, 2012, just two days before her death, and sang on stage with Kelly Price.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for February 12, 2012 and will air on CBS at 8:00 pm, ET and PT. Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute to Whitney Houston, the song choice has yet to be released, and it is unclear whether she will perform a medley of Houston’s greatest hits or just one song. Many feel that should Jennifer Hudson sing one song, the most appropriate would be “I Will Always Love You.”

What has your reaction been to the news that Whitney Houston has died at 48-years-old?


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