The Life and Death of Whitney Houston: Inside Her Final Daysby Michael Essany
Recapping the dramatic hours and events leading up to Houston's death on February 11, 2012, this
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"The Life and Death of Whitney Houston: Inside Her Final Days" is a compelling and unauthorized new look at the triumphant life and tragic death of Whitney Houston from national bestselling author and former E! Entertainment Television host Michael Essany.
Recapping the dramatic hours and events leading up to Houston's death on February 11, 2012, this insightful reflection concentrates on the iconic singer's final days of life, the reaction of her family and friends to the unexpected loss, and the latest insider details surrounding Whitney's attempted professional comeback and efforts at sobriety.
Share the special memories and words of remembrance from the likes of Clive Davis, Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey, Dolly Pardon, and other industry giants who regard the death of Whitney Houston as the greatest tragedy in music since Michael Jackson's untimely passing three years earlier at the age of 50.
Part 1: Inside Whitney's War
On Saturday, February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead inside of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
As the global media scrambled to determine whether the pronouncement of Houston's death was legitimate or simply the latest Twitter death hoax, Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen spoke the words millions had dreaded hearing.
"I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel," Rosen informed the press. "We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills fire and police responded minutes later."
"Someone in her entourage found her unresponsive in her room," he continued. "It's unclear who notified hotel staff because she has quite an entourage here at the hotel. We attempted to resuscitate her, to no avail."
It was a sad and unexpected end to the legendary 48-year-old singer's life.
"Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."
On August 9, 1963, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey as the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. and gospel singer Cissy Houston.
From an early age, music was in Whitney's blood.
In addition to her mother's musical talent, Houston boasted of famous cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and called Aretha Franklin her godmother.
Houston was all but eleven years of age when she embarked on a career in music, closely following in her family members' footsteps as she first performed as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
Houston's first solo performance was "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."
The song would be a fitting anthem for the life and legacy Whitney Houston would ultimately leave behind.
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