XIV. Specific Details About Whitney's Life and Death

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey on August 9, 1963. She is the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. who passed away on February 2, 2003 and gospel singer Cissy Houston. She was of African American, Native American and Dutch descent.

Early Modeling Days:
In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother. She appeared on the cover of Seventeen Magazine and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of this magazine. She was also featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial. Her striking looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time. While modeling, she continued her recording career.

Canada Dry TV Commercial 1983:

First TV Performance:
Merv Griffin Show, April 29, 1985

Diet Coke TV Commercial 1986:

Coca-cola TV Commercial 1989:

Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown in July 1992 after 3 years of dating. It has been reported that this relationship lead to Whitney’s spiral into addiction.

After experiencing a miscarriage while filming "The Bodyguard," on March 4, 1993, Whitney Houston gave birth to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Bobbi was 18 years old when Whitney passed away.

Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special in September 2001:
Whitney Houston appeared severely underweight for the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special. As a tribute to Michael Jackson, she sang "Wanna Be Starting Something" along with Usher and Mya. Many people started referring to her as a crackhead because of her very skinny appearance here. Even though, Whitney was not at her best as far as her appearance, she still rocked that stage and put on a great performance. (Loved Mya in the performance as well!)

Pilgrimage to Israel, May 27, 2003:
Whitney Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, take a pilgrimage to the African Hebrew Israelites Community in Israel/Dimona.

Last Performance:
Kelly Price Pre-Grammy Party February 10, 2012

She died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 2012 at the age of 48. The singer was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm. She was found in the bathtub by her hairdresser and a security guard who both assisted in pulling Whitney Houston out of the bathtub. She was getting ready for the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. She did not drown in the tub because medical reports stated that there was not enough water in her lungs to say that she drowned. The prescription drug Xanax combined with alcohol may have lead to heart failure but the full medical diagnosis of the situation has still not yet been finalized. Authorites found Xanax and other legitimately prescribed pills with a bottle of over-the-counter pills in moderate amounts (far less than you would expect of a celebrity that had a previous history of drug addiction) in her hotel room with also one beer and an empty wine glass. She had admitted publicly to her past life of drug addiction and had stopped doing cocaine combined with marijuana according to many who were close to her and active in her life right before her death.

Tyler Perry's Good Deed:

Her body was flown into Newark, NJ on Feb 13, 2012 in Tyler Perry's private jet as a "good deed." With his new movie, "Good Deeds," coming out soon, one can't help but to think of this as a clever (or perhaps not so clever) marketing strategy in connection to the movie. But, it is really probably just a coincidence. Tyler Perry is a dear friend of the family and was sincere in his gesture. This gesture, however, cause many to speculate about Whitney Houston's financial matters since many thought that she was in financial trouble. Newark's Whigham Funeral Home is handling the funeral services. Whitney will be buried next to her father.

Funeral Ceremony:
The intimate ceremony of 1,500 guests will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey at the church where she grew up, New Hope Baptist Church, and will be streamed online as well as televised. BET, CNN, FOX, E! and many other television networks will televise the invitation-only private funeral. Bobby Brown, Oprah Winfrey, Clive Davis and many other celebrities will be in attendance.

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