Saturday, February 11, 2012

U.S. singer Whitney Houston dies at 48

U.S. singer Whitney Houston dies at 48

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Famous U.S. singer and actress Whitney Houston has died at age 48, media outlets reported Saturday.

Her death was revealed by her publicist Kristen Foster, according to various media reports. Initial media reports said she was found by veteran music producer Clive Davis. However, the cause and location of singer's death has not been made public so far.

Whitney Houston was an award-winning singer, actress, producer and a former model best known for her chart-topping single "I Will Always Love You" which led to the production of an award-nominated film "The Bodyguard" in 1992.

As one of the most successful pop singers in modern music history, Houston was remembered as the most awarded female act of all time, garnering a total of 415 awards during her lifetime, according to Guiness World Records.

She is also one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold more than 170 million albums and singles before her death.

Her death came on the eve of the Grammy awards, which will be presented Sunday in Los Angeles.

The singer had a history of drug abuse. In 2004, following years of rumored drug abuse, Houston entered a rehab during her first stint. She returned for second sting in the following year. In March 2011, the singer checked in for the third treatment of the problem.

She was seen out partying earlier this week and looked worse for wear.

 pictures: Whitney Houston blows a kiss to the audience at the BET Honors Awards in Washington, DC Jan. 17, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters,File Photo)


Whitney Houston cancels Paris concert due to illness

BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhuanet) -- U.S. Pop singer Whitney Houston is suffering from a respiratory infection, according to U.S. media reports Tuesday.

The illness has forced the 46-year-old singer to cancel a concert in Paris, said the concert's organizers said.

"Whitney is suffering from an upper respiratory infection and after a consultation with her doctors has been advised to postpone her performance," said a statement from the concert's organizers. "Whitney and her band apologize that the show has to be rescheduled on such short notice."

The Paris concert, at the Paris-Bercy arena, was reported to be the first date in a European tour, the orgnizers added, saying a new date for Paris will be announced shortly.

But the next concert in the tour, in Manchester, UK on April 8, was still set to go ahead, said organizers.

Houston's "Nothing but Love" world tour began in South Korea in February with the singer performing in Japan then Australia.

Her performance in Australia was attacked by some critics, even her fans walked out of her concerts, complaining "she was off key, out of breath, and looked exhausted."

Her publicist Kristen Foster denied Houston was having health problems and insisted she was in great health and having a "terrific time on her tour and with her fans."

Houston is set to tour Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland by June.


pictures: Singer Whitney Houston looks on the German TV game show "Wetten, dass" (Wanna Bet..?) in Freiburg Oct. 3, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)

Whitney Houston performs at Good Morning America

1.Singer Whitney Houston performs during a taping of Good Morning America on ABC in New York September 1, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
2.Singer Whitney Houston performs with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina (L), during a taping of Good Morning America on ABC in New York September 1, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
3.Singer Whitney Houston performs during a taping of Good Morning America on ABC in New York September 1, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

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