Shocked doesn’t begin to describe how many felt when news spread that Whitney Houston had passed away on February 11.
Just hours before she was set to appear with her mentor Clive Davis at his annual pre-Grammy gala, Houston was found submerged in a bathtub and unresponsive in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was pronounced dead at 3:55pm.
HipHollywood was on hand at the gala and spoke to the stars who felt the party should go on, even though Whitney’s lifeless body was just four floors up.
Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala 2012
Footage of Whitney Houston at the Clive Davis Gala Rehearsal
In the days following her death many stories emerged about her habitual drug use and reckless behavior. It wasn’t until March 22nd that 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.”
Houston was just 48 years old and left behind one daughter, Bobbi Kristina.