Saturday, October 6, 2012

Where it all went down for Whitney Houston

I was here, so I had to do it. Before I left the Beverly Hilton for my morning walk, I took the elevator to the fourth floor and walked all the way down to the end of the hall to suite 434. That’s where, last February, Whitney Houston was found dead, the end of a life of extremes: fortune, fame, drug addition, and bad decisions. 

I have to admit – my heart was racing a bit as I walked down the hallway. I didn’t want to get caught taking this photo or be accused of being sensationalistic. But I wanted to see where it happened. Love her or hate her, it’s hard to dispute the fact that Whitney Houston had a gift. Yes, she could be screechy and over-the-top, but I was always a fan of that voice. And maybe because she was the same age as me, it made me very sad to learn of her untimely death. 

We were actually here in Los Angeles the day it happened. In fact, we had driven by the Hilton that afternoon, during a tour of the city before getting on a plane that night to leave for our trip to New Zealand. Right before we got on our 12-hour flight to Auckland, I checked the news online and read about the tragedy.

We’re all born to a life with promise and hope and opportunities. But our paths are all different. I think that every choice we make – big or little - can lead us down different roads. We all make bad decisions sometimes. But by all accounts, Whitney’s unfortunate choices compounded over time and for her, there was no escape. Very sad. RIP.


  1. oh my heart was racing just thinking about you walking down the hall.

    truly tragic.

  2. God Bless you Whitney Houston !! I Love You Always!!!

  3. at least the hotel doesn't charge for tours !

  4. Such places are compelling. I remember being in South Beach about 10 yrs ago and there were a number of tourists taking turns standing on the step outside Versace's home where the designer had been shot.

  5. I always feel very sad when I think of Whitney Houston. I thought her voice was one of the most beautiful of voices and she was a beautiful woman. It is sad that the road she took lead to her tragic death.

  6. It's hard not to think of Whitney Houston without thinking, "if only". Even if it was over-the-top sometimes, I loved singing along with her voice! Her songs provided a soundtrack to the first years of Stephane's and my life together.

    I can relate to your racing heart when you walked down the hallway. The same thing happened to me the other day when I was riding in a taxi that passed through the tunnel where Princess Diana died. My first reflex was to check that my seat belt was fastened.



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