Whitney Houston 911 Call: Released, Tragic

The 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston’s body was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11 has just been released.

A member of the hotel security team is the person who made the call, informing the 911 operator about a “46-year-old female found in the bathroom.”

The caller says he was alerted to the situation by an “irate” woman who called security from the room, but couldn’t get much information from her.

A woman who first dialed security kept hanging up for whatever reason, preventing the dispatcher from giving potentially life-saving instructions faster.

Listen to the Whitney Houston 911 call below:

“I’m not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water,” the hotel security employee says of Whitney Houston, who he never identifies by name.

The security team member was under the impression she was not breathing, and the 911 dispatcher sent emergency personnel there immediately.

Too late, as it turned out, as the star couldn’t be revived. Whitney’s official cause of death is listed as “accidental drowning,” with foul play ruled out.

Heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors, according to Houston’s autopsy report, and the legendary singer may well have overdosed.

The L.A. County Coroner said Whitney’s chronic use of drugs caused a narrowing of her arteries, which resulted in a cardiac event before her death.

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Whitney Houston Autopsy Reveals Cocaine Spoon, Bloody Nose and More

The complete Whitney Houston autopsy is in, and it reveals a number of harrowing details regarding the singer’s death on February 11.

The document states that a “spoon with a white crystal-like substance on it” was found in the hotel room in which Whitney died, along with a “white powdery substance” later tested and determined to be cocaine.

A Final Image of Whitney Houston

Houston’s body was found face down in the bathtub – in approximately 13 inches of water, the report adds -with “bloody purge coming from her nose.” Moreover, a “perforation of posterior nasal septum” made it clear that the singer had a history of drug use.

There were no signs of foul play, officials included, while also writing up a detailed account of Houston’s surroundings. It reads as follows:

“Located on the south portion of the counter was a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper, along with other miscellaneous items.”

Located in the top drawer, in the north side of the counter were remnants of a white powdery substance, and a portable mirror on a base.

[Whitney] possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol.

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Sparkle Movie Trailer: One Last Look at Whitney

Whitney Houston passed away in February, but fans will still get a chance to watch her on the big screen in August.

That’s because the singer had just finished filming Sparkle when she died, a remake of a 1976 movie in which she plays the matriarch of a musical family.

In various interviews since Houston left us, Jordin Sparks – who makes her Hollywood debut as Houston’s daughter – said “it was amazing to walk into work and then Whitney is sitting in her chair blasting gospel music and singing,” while producer Howard Rosenman added that the legend “is unbelievably brilliant in [the film].”

The Today Show gave us our first look at Sparkle this morning. Watch now:

Cissy Houston, meanwhile, recently spoke out on her daughter’s death and said she did everything she could have done to point Houston in the right direction.

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Whitney Houston Funeral Live Stream: Watch, Mourn Now

Family and close friends are currently gathered inside New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, paying their final respects to Whitney Houston.

Those in attendance include Kevin Costner, Aretha Franklin (who will NOT be singing, after all, due an illness), Stevie Wonder, (who WILL be singing) Revs. Jessie Jackson and Clive Davis and many more.

The Associated Press is live streaming the event, which we’ve posted below. Say your final goodbye to Houston by watching the festivities now:

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Whitney Houston Funeral Guest List: Who’s Attending?

Hundreds of people lined up on Martin Luther King Boulevard this evening, gathering nearby the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey while those closest to Whitney Houston – including her daughter and mother, who exited a limo holding hands – held a wake for the late artist.

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This private memorial precedes tomorrow’s funeral Houston, which is scheduled for noon EST.

It will be held at New Hope Baptist Church and has been the subject of controversy all week, with Bobby Brown not cleared by his former in-laws to attend until the last moment; and with Governor Chris Christine ordering flags to be flown at half-staff.

With Whitney’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, and former co-star, Kevin Costner, scheduled to speak at the invitation-only funeral, the guest list also includes:

  • Forest Whitaker
  • Chaka Khan
  • Ray J
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Kim Burrell
  • Clive Davis
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Rickey Minor
  • Alicia Keys

Following the funeral, Houston will be interred on Sunday, laid to rest alongside her father at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ.

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Matt Lauer vs. Bill O’Reilly: Did the Media Exploit Whitney Houston?

On The Today Show this morning, Matt Lauer and Bill O’Reilly engaged in a fascinating debate.

It stemmed from the latter’s belief that Whitney Houston had a death wish, that nobody abuses drugs or alcohol in such a way “if they want to stay on the planet.”

Lauer countered this point by saying “addiction is a disease,” but O’Reilly shot back:

“It’s a mental disease. You have free will when it comes to addiction. You don’t have free will when it comes to lung cancer.”

The main topic of the discourse, though, centered on the media’s handling of Whitney’s long struggle with substance abuse, with O’Reilly labeling all reports over the years as “sensationalized to exploit the woman’s condition, not try to help her.

“You know what we in the media do, Lauer?” he asked. “We wink-wink it. We Snoop Dogg it. We Willie Nelson it. ‘Hey, oh yeah, they’re stoned, that’s fine.'”

Is O’Reilly in favor of lowering flags in New Jersey Saturday in honor of Houston’s funeral? Yes, he believes we should respect the singer’s life. But he also believes journalists should have done the same for her before she died by taking a harsher stance on her drug problem.

Listen to the audio above and take a side.

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Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammy Awards

With Whitney Houston’s death taking place less than 36 hours before the show, you knew the Grammy Awards would feature a moving tribute Sunday night.

Jennifer Hudson delivered that and then some.

On a darkened stage where Houston had performed many times before, in front of artists who will remember her as an unforgettable talent and influence, on music’s biggest night, Houston was honored with one of her most biggest hits.

Here’s Jennifer Hudson performing “I Will Always Love You” …

Whitney’s memory and Hudson’s poised, powerful and understated rendering of the song brought audience members to their feet at L.A.’s Staples Center.

The performance came at the end of the 2012 Grammys‘ in memoriam segment, and she shined. Could anyone have done it better than Jennifer?

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Clive Davis Mourns Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Awards Party

Clive Davis discovered Whitney Houston at a NYC nightclub when the singer was 20 years old.

It was therefore eerie and appropriate that the artist passed away, possibly from an overdose on prescription drugs, just a few hours prior to the music producer’s annual pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.

The somber event did proceed as scheduled – with attendees including Britney Spears, Miranda Lambert, Brandy, Tom Hanks, P Diddy, Kim Kardashian and Mary J. Blige – and Davis opened the shindig with remarks abut Houston.

“So, by now sadly, we have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotions. Not in front of this room full of so many dear friends,” Davis said. “I do have a very heavy heart and I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life.

“She was so looking forward to tonight… She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.”

A moment of silence followed, with Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and Alicia Keys later performing.

On tonight’s Grammys telecast, meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute to Whitney.

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Whitney Houston Death May Have Been Caused By Prescription Drug Overdose, Drowning

Prescription drugs were present at the scene of Whitney Houston’s tragic death, and it’s possible the star drowned in the bathtub, according to reports.

No illegal drugs have been found in the hotel room where a member of the legendary singer’s entourage found Whitney Houston dead on Saturday.

When EMTs arrived, Whitney’s body was already removed from the bathtub.

It will take an autopsy to determine if she overdosed, drowned or died from some other cause. The medical examination is scheduled to take place imminently.

Whitney Houston Photo

Beverly Hills police officers found various pill bottles in Houston’s room at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, where she died yesterday at the age of 48.

There was no evidence that Whitney was drinking alcohol in the room.

Houston’s body was removed from the room on a gurney and sent to the morgue for an autopsy to determine the official medical cause of death.

Paramedics performed CPR on the singer when alerted to her unresponsiveness but it did not work. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

Our sources say there were no obvious signs of foul play, but a full investigation is ongoing. Whitney’s body was ID’ed by family and friends.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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The City Recap: Whitney Port Gets a Curtain Call, Olivia Palermo Gets to Keep a Job Somehow

Last week was a rough one career-wise as Olivia Palermo was put on the chopping block and Whitney Port was basically told she’s not a real designer on The City.

This week marked a renaissance of sorts for both. Olivia rose to the occasion somehow and avoided being fired, while Whit’s fashion show in Miami was a big hit.

Here’s THG’s plus-minus recap of last night’s The City

Whitney Port travels to Miami with Roxy Olin (for some reason) and feels the pressure of competition and putting on a show without Kelly. Real world, girl. Plus 5.

Olivia vows her “personal relationship” with Zac Posen will score an interview. We’ve heard that before. Minus 4. But Joe Zee says get it or you’re fired! Plus 4.

Waste of a Worker

Miraculously, Olivia was able to stomach doing some actual work.

When model Erica is seen with another designer, she suggests “sharing” but Whitney basically calls dibs. Models. Just like pieces of meat, we tell you. Plus 7.

At the launch party, Olivia poses on the red carpet (obviously, because she’s a star) before Joe sends her to get Zac … then decides to tail her a$$. Plus 8.

Impressed, Joe says this is “the reason he hired” Olivia. Minus 19, because dude, she got lucky like once, and should have been fired months ago. Get real.

Seriously, how is getting an interview with someone she already knew in any way impressive? Unless Joe just means he hired her for publicity … okay, Wash.

At a Miami boutique, Whitney and Roxy Olin decide her designs would fit in well. Roxy is actually useful and meets the buyer, who agrees to peep it. Plus 5.

Editor-in-chief Robbie and editorial director Keith watch Olivia. Erin says they should compare it to Louise Roe’s recent interview. Dun-dun-dunnn! Plus 6.

A Curtain Call

Whitney Eve is a hit – and not just with THG!

Amazingly, they determine that “everyone has their strengths” and “Olivia is good at what she does.” No idea what that would be, but sure thing! Minus 11.

Louise and Olivia meet and hit it off. Plus 4, since Olivia is either clueless about Louise angling to take her job, or just doesn’t care, since MTV won’t let her.

Roxy appears to be quite frustrated about the apparent disorganization at the show. Roxy? Complaining about a lack of focus? Who’d have guessed. Minus 5.

Despite setbacks, the show is a success, and Whitney Port takes a well-deserved curtain call – and Shari and Pamela decide to carry Whitney Eve! Plus 10.

No matter how many doors are open for Whitney because of her fame, you have to at least respect how seriously she takes her line, and hope it succeeds.

TOTAL: +10. SEASON: -53.

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