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    Whitney Houston details emerge, autopsy results on lockdown

    Feb. 12, 2012, 4:15 PM EST

    By Todd Cunningham
    TheWrap

    The morning after Clive Davis’ Grammy party turned into a celebratory tribute, details surrounding the death of Whitney Houston began to emerge.

    The singer was found unconscious and submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton by her hairdresser Saturday afternoon, according to TMZ. She called security, paramedics were summoned and a bodyguard attempted to resuscitate her via CPR, but Houston was declared dead at 3:55 p.m.

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    Coroner’s officials say they will not release any information on Whitney Houston’s autopsy at the request of police detectives investigating the singer’s death.

    Capt. John Kades says an autopsy on Houston was schedule Sunday but that a security hold prevents him from releasing any details on its status or whether any probable cause of death has been established.

    Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said Sunday that his agency may release more details about Houston’s death Saturday afternoon on Monday, but it will depend on whether detectives feel comfortable releasing any information.

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    The singer’s death, coming on the eve of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, threw organizers and those in town for the event into a state of shocked disarray.

    Even as planners worked to incorporate a tribute to Houston into Sunday night’s events, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said "a light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

    Photo Gallery: Whitney Houston in memoriam

    Davis’ Saturday night party, a must-attend for every star in the music industry, was set to honor Richard Branson. Instead on the red carpet music stars were asked about the shocking death of Whitney, 48, just hours earlier on the fourth floor of that same hotel.

    Davis, who discovered Houston and became a mentor to her, was said to be "devastated."  But in opening remarks at the party, he issued a call to celebrate her life.

    Related: Bobby Brown on stage: ‘I love you, Whitney’

    "Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare," Davis said. "She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on."

    Performances and tributes from artists such as Sean Combs, Tony Bennett, The Kinks, Wiz Khalifa and R&B singer Alicia Keys turned the mood into  celebration of her life.

    Bennett kicked off the evening with a subdued performance of "How Do You Keep The Music Playing," and gave a speech that recalled the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse who, like Houston, had suffered from drug abuse during their lives.

    "She always, she always hit you with that beautiful smile, she always hit you with that incredible energy, she gave you that hug, that grandma hug that just shook your body," Combs told the Daily Telegraph.

    The 54th Grammy awards celebrate the best in American music, and the highlight of the show on Sunday was expected to be a performance by Adele, the first time she returns to performing since she had throat surgery.

    Paul McCartney is also set to perform, and another anticipated moment is meant to be a reunion of the Beach Boys. But Grammy organizers were scrambling on Saturday to incorporate the demise of Houston, one of the most successful pop singers of all time, and a winner of six Grammys.

    In her career, Houston sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide, with many hit singles. Her lead single, "I Will Always Love You," became the best-selling album by a female artist in music history.

    She was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn’t We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go".

    A spokesman for the Grammy awards did not return calls about changes to the telecast, which airs on Sunday.

    In what appears to have been her last public appearance, Houston attended the Kelly Price & Friends for the love of R& B event at Tru Hollywood on Thursday night.

    She arrived with her daughter Bobbi Kristina and walked the red carpet. She took the stage to sing a brief duet of "Jesus Loves Me" before returning to her table. She left with her entourage after the performances.

    Mikey Glazer contributed to this report.
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    guitarjim

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    too bad none of her wonderful family and friends tried to help her. now they got to find somebody else to foot their crack habit. goddamn crackheads. and i don’t want to hear no excuses for these ****s. you’d have to be an idiot to not know how this was gonna end.

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    tye dye basher

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    the autopsy is probably necessary but it shouldnt influence our love for her or anyone."let he who is sinless throw the first stone." it can be a tough world.if you’ve had it so easy,count your blessings.

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    Is anyone surprised? Wasted talent. She wasn’t the same until she ended up with her loser of a  husband Bobby "Dirtbag" Brown. Why do we idolize these people? Most of these Hollywood conglomerates contribute nothing to society. They barely have an education, most if not all have drug addictions and mental issues. They would be nothing, bums on the streets if it weren’t for the American paparazzi. Instead of idolizing teachers, policemen, firemen, and scientists. We make the ****es of society rich and famous. Three things that I watch on TV….. sports, weather, and NATGEO, everything else is crap and wasteful for the mind. For those of you zombies who idolize your demigod GaGa…..she is next. It’s a matter of time, it’s inevitable. Need to wake up folks!

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    airborn_71 LYNCH (Airborn)

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    This was a beautiful person.  Why don’t all you idiots let her rest in peace.  What is this crap about an autopsy? Does the incompetent county coroner just want to try to make a name for himself.  He’ll just farm it out to some non-English speaking FMD.

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    Lena Caruso

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    I have not watched the Grammys in years. I tuned in tonight! I listened to Jennifer Hudson do her very dam best to do justice to the song I will always love you and she just could not! For the first time in 24 hours I realize how so much talent has been lost! Oh Whitney I did not see this end for you 20 some odd years ago! I wish desperately the hands of time could turn back! I have had the rare privilege of only hearing a handful and I mean that literally a handful of female artist who managed to make the preverbal hair on the back of your neck stand up so to speak! First time was the first time I ever heard Patsy Cline sing! I was 6 years old the song was Faded Love! the 2nd time I a tad bit older and it was Barbara Streisand singing People don’t laugh her delivery is stunning! The 3rd time Ms Houston at the Super bowl singing the Star Spangled Banner and there are 3 more but all are from same artist Celine Deion and there is no place here tonight! The bottom line we will never here either of these songs song completely, correctly or as passionately ever ever again! My heart is broken! I pray Ms Houston you have gained the peace in death you  never achieved in life! Your music will live on but the pain of knowing we will never again hear such beauty from your lips again is haunting! My prayers are with your family, friends and Fans!

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