According to gossip website TMZ.com, Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in the bathtub. Her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. The entourage reportedly grew concerned when Houston didn’t emerge from the bathroom after an hour.
The hairdresser, a female, entered the bathroom and screamed when she saw Houston’s face under the water. A bodyguard ran in and pulled Houston’s lifeless body out of the tub. The source described Houston’s body position as “legs up” as if she slid down the back of the tub under the water.
Her body was reportedly “very cold” when she was pulled out of the tub. Paramedics were called to the room but they were unable to resuscitate the singer. She was pronounced dead at 6:55PM EST.
TMZ.com reports that bottles of prescription anti-anxiety drugs Lorazepam (Ativan), Valium, Xanax and a sleeping medication were found in the hotel room. It is believed that Houston had an adverse effect to the prescription drugs that were mixed with the alcohol already in her system after bingeing on alcohol for two nights in a row.
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Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 19, reportedly got into a screaming match with hotel security who barred her from Houston’s room. Bobbi and Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, were eventually allowed into the room to see the body.
While Houston’s body lay in her hotel suite, Davis and other celebrities partied in the hotel’s ballroom downstairs. Many fans and critics have expressed anger at Davis for not canceling the party.
According to the Daily Mail, Grammy president and CEO Neil Portnow said “canceling the party was never an option.” He announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a tribute to Houston at Sunday’s Grammys.
Whitney’s self-titled album, released in 1995, was the first album by a woman to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. She sold over 200 million albums and racked up awards in her storied career. Houston divorced from singer Bobby Brown after 15 tumultuous years of marriage.