Whitney Houston was working on her comeback to the industry when she was found dead in her hotel bathtub.
The iconic singer Whitney Houston rose to prominence back in the '80s after releasing some of her powerful singles like Saving All My Love for You, Greatest Love of All, and How Will I Know. And after bagging one Grammy after another for her exceptional singing prowess there wasn't a single person in America who didn't know the legendary star. Unfortunately for Houston, her career came to an abrupt halt with the only focus being her substance abuse. Sources close to her confirmed that she often felt judged by people and wondered why it was happening to her.
America’s Singing Sweetheart began a comeback effort and an invitation to Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy bash on February 11, 2012, was the event for it as it was the same occasion that introduced her to the music industry almost 30 years ago. For Houston Davis was a friend and mentor. According to ABC News, A few days before her death, Grammy nominee Kelly Price said, "There was nothing wrong. She was singing, she was dancing, she was laughing, she was playing."
On the tragic afternoon of February 11, the sensational singer was discovered lifeless in her hotel bathtub reports ABC News. After conducting an autopsy her death was chalked up to coronary heart disease, drowning, and drug use. Speaking to PEOPLE, photographer Bette Marshall who shot her as a teenage revealed the struggle she was going through to manage both her stardom and her personal life. "She was in pain from living almost a double life," confessed record executive who worked with Houston.
A documentary released later attempted at showing the world who Whitney Houston really was. In the trailer, she was heard saying, "There were times when I would look up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?'" Speaking to TODAY Whitney's sister-in-law, Pat Houston tried to answer this question, "We look at celebrities like they're immortals and they're not. And the expectation that she's supposed to be this perfect person, that's a lot of pressure for one to have to deal with. It was a burden. A few days before she passed that's what she talked about. 'Why do people judge me?'"
During an interview with Good Morning America, Houston's cousin, singer Dionne Warwick revealed that she had a word with the deceased singe the day she died. When Houston asked her if she was going to be present at the party, she said yes. "I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to be there' and she said, 'Thank you, I want you to be here. You've got to be here for me.'" She even spoke to her mother half an hour before her death and even she did not realize that something was terribly wrong with her.
"She was so up and ready and happy. She had everything in the world to live for. She had a new film that was an absolute dream to make and do. She was getting ready to go back into the studio to record. She was getting her vocals together," Warwick said. Even Witney spoke quite enthusiastically about her new movie Sparkle. "I don’t think of it as like a comeback. I think of it as a gift God gave me," she confessed. However, a friend of her's told The Sun that Houston wanted to see Jesus. "I’m gonna go see Jesus. I want to see Jesus," she said. And just hours before her death she was heard saying, "You know, he’s so cool. I really want to see that Jesus."
The I Will Always Love You, singer, also sang Jesus Loves Me along with Kelly Price on February 9 and it happened to be her last public performance. Revealing what a great person Houston was, the record exec who worked with her revealed, "She wanted to be down with her community. That's who she really was. But because of her career, she also had to portray this pure pop princess in gorgeous gowns, singing songs the white community adored." Even her ex-husband Bobby Brown defended the singer and told Rolling Stone that she died of a broken heart. "I don’t think she died from drugs. She was really working hard on herself to try to be a sober person... she was a great woman." Hopefully, Whitney's final wishes came true and she found Jesus just like she wanted to.