Whitney Houston passed away on 11th February 2012 at the age of 48. The singer had been staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, prior to the Grammy Awards.
The star reached global acclaim in 1992 with her performance in The Bodyguard alongside Kevin Costner. The accompanying soundtrack fetched her three Grammys, 8 American Music Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Soul Train Music Awards, 5 NAACP Image Awards, 5 World Music Awards and a BRIT award. She sold 44 million copies of the album.
As stars were gathered for the Grammy’s, several paid tribute to the monumental voice of Houston and referenced the tragedy of her battle with drug addiction. Dolly Parton, in particular, said that she would “always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song” in acknowledgement of Houston’s cover of “I will always love you”.
Houston’s record company, Sony Music Entertainment, issued the following statement in response to her passing:
“Whitney Houston was an icon and a once-in-a-lifetime talent who inspired a generation of singers and brought joy to millions of fans around the world. She had a voice of unmatched beauty and power that changed music forever, and she leaves behind an indelible legacy of timeless songs that will never be forgotten. She also was an important member of the Sony Music family who spent her storied recording career with Arista Records. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to her daughter and her entire family.”
Houston leaves behind an eighteen year-old daughter by ex-husband Bobbi Brown, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.