Whitney Houston tragically lost her life on February 11, 2012. Her rep confirmed that she had passed away, but no other details surrounding her death have been released. Was she home? Was she sick? Was it drug related?
Whitney Houston started her career in the 80’s and throughout that decade and most of the 90’s she was considered a “good girl” with a fantastic voice. But around the late 90’s her behavior started to change. She started to show up late to interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals. This wasn’t the Whitney her camp knew. It was a different Whitney.
She started to cancel shows and talk show appearances. She also started to lose weight and would often have slurred speech when caught on camera. On January 11, 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Whitney and husband Bobby Brown's luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive.
Rumors of the couple’s drug use continued to surface after that incident. Two months later Clive Davis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was scheduled to perform at the ceremony but was a no show. She was also scheduled to perform at the Academy Awards, but was fired as the act before the show. Apparently she seemed strung out during rehearsals and the musical director said he didn’t want her on the show.
In 2002 when she finally appeared on camera to give the world her side of the story, that’s when the rumors became facts. During an interview with Diane Sawyer she talked about drug use and marriage. When asked by Diane about the rumors of the drug use Whitney replied: "First of all, let's get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. Okay? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack."
The interview was the highest-rated television interview in history. It was also the same year she had a falling out with Clive David, her longtime friend and music producer.
In 2004 Whitney and then hubby Bobby starred in a reality show, ‘Being Bobby Brown’ on Bravo, which was pretty much a big train wreck. The show wasn’t renewed for a second season after Whitney refused to be apart of the show.
In 2006 Whitney finally filed for divorce from Bobby and tried to get her career back on track. In March 2007, Clive Davis announced that Whitney was going to start recording a new album, but it took about two years for that to happen. In August 2009 she released ‘I Look to You’ and the album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1.
She’s quietly and publicly battled a drug and alcohol addiction since the early 90’s. She went to rehab several times, but never seemed to get 100% clean. Her most recent attempt at rehab was in May 2011. "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her longstanding recovery process," her rep said at the time. She has been through rehab several times and has in the past admitted using cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and pills.
She was tragically found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2012.
"I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills Fire and police responded minutes later," Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen tells PEOPLE. "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."
As to whether there was any evidence of drugs or foul play, Rosen responded: "We don't know yet, her death is under investigation."