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Friday, February 24, 2012

Fallen star: Inside the life of Whitney Houston -Gulf News

Fallen star: Inside the life of Whitney Houston

From Grammy-winning icon, to incoherent mess who blew her Dh600 million fortune and sought refuge in drugs - inside the untimely demise of Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Image Credit: Reuters
"[Doing drugs] was an everyday thing," Whitney Houston (pictured here in 2003) admitted of her life between 1995-96.
The news came as a shock to millions of fans worldwide when it was announced that Whitney Houston had been found dead at the age of 48, partially submerged in her hotel bath tub in Beverly Hills.
But as the sad facts surrounding the star's erratic final days are pieced together, a picture emerges of a woman who had long lost her battle with the drink and drugs demons she had fought for years, as she struggled with the realisation that her legendary voice had gone - ravaged by years of abuse.
And sources close to the singer have come forward to claim that her passing was "not a great surprise", given that just two days before her death she was spotted stumbling out of LA club, Tru, blood dripping from a cut on her knee, perspiring and disorientated, after almost getting into a fight.
Scene looks back at Whitney's life, to reveal why ultimately, in her own words, fame proved "too much"…
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From the choir to the charts
Having joined her local church choir at the age of five, even then, with a gospel singer, Cissy, as her mum, singer, Dionne Warwick as her cousin and soul queen, Aretha Franklin, as her godmother, the talented youngster seemed destined to become a star.
The news came as a shock to millions of fans worldwide when it was announced that Whitney Houston had been found dead at the age of 48, partially submerged in her hotel bath tub in Beverly Hills.
But as the sad facts surrounding the star's erratic final days are pieced together, a picture emerges of a woman who had long lost her battle with the drink and drugs demons she had fought for years, as she struggled with the realisation that her legendary voice had gone - ravaged by years of abuse.
And sources close to the singer have come forward to claim that her passing was "not a great surprise", given that just two days before her death she was spotted stumbling out of LA club, Tru, blood dripping from a cut on her knee, perspiring and disorientated, after almost getting into a fight.
Scene looks back at Whitney's life, to reveal why ultimately, in her own words, fame proved "too much"…
Article continues below...
From the choir to the charts
Having joined her local church choir at the age of five, even then, with a gospel singer, Cissy, as her mum, singer, Dionne Warwick as her cousin and soul queen, Aretha Franklin, as her godmother, the talented youngster seemed destined to become a star.

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