This Day in Entertainment History featuring a tragic day for Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

The date was March 15, 2004 when singing superstar Whitney Houston enters a drug rehab center for the first time.

Whitney Houston’s mother has told how she forced her daughter into rehab after finding the singer’s home had been turned into a drug den.

Cissy Houston is still traumatized by her drowning in a Beverley Hilton hotel bath at the age of 48.

But in her memoirs, Remembering Whitney, her mother admits: ‘She started partying and she didn’t really know how to stop. I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.’

On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and sang “Jesus Loves Me”.

Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine, alprazolam, cannabis and cyclobenzaprine.

The manner of death was listed as an “accident”.

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