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POSTHUMOUS

Houston’s Comeback Film Still On

Houston’s Comeback Film Still On Kasdan Pictures-ZUMA Press

‘Sparkle’ due in August.

Whitney Houston will have one more debut on the big screen. Before her death, the singer and actress had filmed a comeback role in Sparkle, a film she had been trying to get made for more than a decade. (She’ll hold a producer’s credit.) A remake of a 1976 movie about three sisters who form a pop group, Sparkle is scheduled to be released Aug. 17, and the soundtrack will include new songs from Houston. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will play a lead role as one of the singing sisters; Houston plays the mother. Houston found box-office success in the 1990s, starring in The Bodyguard, The Preacher’s Wife, and Waiting to Exhale.

Read it at The New York Times

TRAGIC

Report: Whitney Found in Bathtub

Report: Whitney Found in Bathtub Corbis

Prescription drugs said to be nearby.

The cause of singer Whitney Houston’s death is still unknown. The website TMZ is reporting that Houston was found in the bathtub of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton and had been taking Xanax, which is used as to treat anxiety and depression and can sometimes cause severe sedation. There is no evidence that any illegal drugs were in Houston’s hotel room, though TMZ reports that there were several pill bottles. Meanwhile, Grammys producers are scrambling to pay homage to the singer at tonight’s show. Jennifer Hudson has joined the tribute lineup.

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#IWillAlwaysLoveYou

Whitney Houston Dies: Celebrities Mourn on Twitter

The sudden death of singer Whitney Houston at age 48 shocked fans all over the world, and her life inspired an outpouring of grief on Twitter. Here’s how some—including musicians and celebrities—said goodbye.

The sudden death of singer Whitney Houston at age 48 shocked fans all over the world, and her life inspired an outpouring of grief on Twitter. The first hour after the news broke Saturday saw more than 2 million tweets on her death, peaking at more than 1,000 tweets a second. Nearly all of the trends shortly after were associated with her: RIP Whitney Houston, #DearWhitney, #IWillAlwaysLoveYou, et cetera. Here's how some of her friends and fellow musicians and celebrities said goodbye.

OBIT

Report: Whitney Found in Bathtub

The singer, known for her incredible vocal range, died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at age 48. See photos and videos of her life and career. Plus, The Daily Beast's Allison Samuels reports from inside the hotel.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 18-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was reportedly rushed to an L.A. hospital the day after her mother was found dead at the Beverly Hilton hotel. TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina was taken out of the same hotel in a stretcher, and that she was seen in a verbal altercation with police the night before.

The cause of Houston’s death is still unknown, though an autopsy is set to be performed today. The website TMZ is reporting that Houston was found in the bathtub of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton, and had been taking Xanax, which is used to treat anxiety and depression and can sometimes cause severe sedation. There is no evidence that any illegal drugs were in Houston’s hotel room, though TMZ reports that there were several pill bottles. Meanwhile, Grammy producers are scrambling to pay homage to the singer at tonight’s show. Jennifer Hudson has joined the tribute line-up.

The singer was found unconscious Saturday afternoon, and medics failed to revive her, CNN reported. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent."  A music executive told CNN that Houston had appeared healthy and beautiful just days before—she saw her swimming in the hotel pool with her daughter Bobbi Kristina, and the two "looked happy," she said.

Whitney Houston's publicist confirmed Saturday night the singer had died. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammys party hosted by Clive Davis. CNN reporter Justin Lear tweeted that Houston's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ray J, found the singer dead in her hotel room, although this remains unconfirmed.

MEMORIAM

‘SNL’ Honors Whitney Houston

With silent still shot.

Saturday Night Live honored the death of pop singer Whitney Houston last night, which must have come as a shock to the cast and crew. With no time to mount a long tribute, the show put up a still photo of a smiling and beautiful Houston, alongside Molly Shannon, in an appearance in 1996. (Houston was the musical guest twice on SNL, when Rosie O’Donnell hosted that year and in 1991 when Alec Baldwin hosted.) Next week the host will be former cast member Maya Rudolph, who is known for her over-the-top impressions of Houston in the past.

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Steve North recalls an interview with Cissy Houston in which she describes her daughter’s early signs of stardom.

The tragic death of Whitney Houston brought to mind a conversation I had with her mom twenty years ago. Cissy Houston, a music legend in her own right, was reminiscing about her long and eclectic career, but she knew that any interview would include questions about her superstar daughter.

Whitney Houston Cissy Houston

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It was clear that Cissy never tired of talking about Whitney, and she did so without the slightest hint of jealousy. Instead, she spoke with the quiet intensity of a mother’s love and pride, often chuckling at memories of her little girl.

I asked Cissy if she could pinpoint when Whitney’s interest in music began.

TRAGIC

Whitney Houston Had Looked ‘Happy’

Whitney Houston Had Looked ‘Happy’ Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo

Just days before her death.

Singer Whitney Houston is being mourned all around the world as the news of her death at age 48 is spreading. She was found unconscious at an L.A. hotel Saturday afternoon, and medics failed to revive her, CNN reported. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent,” and TMZ reported that no illegal drugs were found in her hotel room, although prescription drugs were reportedly present, and that she possibly drowned in the bathtub. A music executive told CNN that Houston had appeared healthy and beautiful just days before—she saw her swimming in the hotel pool with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and the two “looked happy,” she said.

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Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

9. Matchless Vocals, Auspicious Beginnings

Known for her vocal range and nuanced ability, Whitney was born into a family of vocalists. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a gospel singer herself and aunt to Dionne Warwick. Aretha Franklin was Whitney's godmother. Here, a young Whitney sings with her mother.

8. Taking Off With the ‘Greatest Love of All’

Allison Samuels, who interviewed Houston many times, is at the Beverly Hilton, where the troubled singer was found.

Five years ago, I pre-wrote an obituary for Whitney Houston after a disturbing interview with her in which she kept cursing and was obviously high. I knew at that point that either she was going to get better or she was going to die.

Last night, I was looking forward to seeing her. I was taping a segment for VH1’s Behind the Music about Akon at the Beverly Hilton, which was also where music mogul Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party was set to be. VH1 was supposed to interview Houston right after me about the Davis party (he was her mentor), her upcoming movie, Sparkle, and getting back on track. She was also going to be interviewed for a Behind the Music about Brandy.

Someone kept banging on the door as we taped, so we stopped. The woman at the door, who it turned out was Houston's personal assistant, Lynn Volkman, said, “Whitney’s not coming, Whitney’s not coming.” And then finally said, “She’s dead.” Volkman was in a daze.

The crime lab truck was parked outside the Beverly Hilton. People were filtering into the hotel for the party, which appeared as though it would still happen.

SHOCKER

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Whitney Houston Dead at 48 Jun Sato / WireImage-Getty Images

At Beverly Hilton in LA.

Whitney Houston's publicist has confirmed that the singer, 48, has died. Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis. CNN reporter Justin Lear tweeted that CNN confirmed that Houston's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ray J, found the singer dead in her hotel room, although Ray J denies the account. The day before she died, paparazzi took pictures of Houston emerging dishevelled from a nightclub, with scratches on her arms. In January, sources reported that the singer was nearly bankrupt. Simon Cowell was reportedly considering the singer as a judge on his beleaguered talent show, The X-Factor.

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Full Coverage

A Final Goodbye to Whitney

A Final Goodbye to Whitney

Friends and family told touching anecdotes at her funeral Saturday. By Jacob Bernstein.

GOODBYE

Best Moments From Whitney's Funeral

Teen Angst

Was Whitney’s Daughter Found Getting High?

Houston's Memorable Duets

Mariah Carey tweeted that she was 'heartbroken' over the loss of her great friend and legendary singer Whitney Houston.The talented singers joined forces in this jaw dropping performance at the 1999 Academy Awards.

  1. Whitney's Stunning National Anthem Play

    Whitney's Stunning National Anthem

  2. Allison Samuels Discusses Whitney Houston Play

    Allison Samuels Discusses Whitney Houston

  3. Houston's Memorable Duets Play

    Houston's Memorable Duets

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Watch: Whitney's No. 1 Hits

Watch video of the legendary singer’s chart toppers, from ‘Saving All My Love for You’ to ‘Exhale.’