Fans who are still reeling from the shock of Whitney Houston’s passing may finally find closure later this month. As the one month anniversary of her passing approaches, CNN has learned that the final details about that fateful day in February, including Whitney's cause of death, should be announced by no later than March 23rd.
The events surrounding her final days have been publicized as signs that something was not quite right with the legendary singer. Two nights before her fateful demise, Houston was photographed leaving a Hollywood nightclub looking disheveled and incoherent. The singer’s friends have denied witnessing her indulge in anything more than a few alcoholic drinks, although some reports suggest that the singer had found recent solace in her past addictions.
February 11, 2011 began as any other day for Houston. She was staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was she was scheduled later that night to make an appearance at the pre-Grammy party of her longtime mentor and friend, music executive Clive Davis. The singer ordered room service and retreated to the bathroom to take a bath before getting ready for the high profile event. Houston never emerged from the bathroom, and members of her entourage later found her unconscious and unresponsive. They performed CPR as they called for help, but it was too late.
Prescription medications, including the benzodiazepine Xanax, were found in Houston’s room along with empty alcoholic containers that reportedly belonged to the singer. Many have speculated that Whitney's cause of death was the consumption of the deadly cocktail of Xanax and alcohol, though it cannot be confirmed until all toxicology reports have returned.
The songstress formerly admitted that she had faced addictions in the past, including the use of cocaine and marijuana during her marriage to R&B crooner Bobby Brown, but she appeared to be on the right track after the release of her last commercial album, “I Look To You.” In 2011 she wrapped production on “Sparkle,” her first feature film performance since 1996’s “The Preacher’s Wife.” According to Clive Davis, Houston was preparing for a musical comeback of epic proportions and seemed excited about being at the forefront of the music industry again.
Proving that her musical legacy lives on, Houston’s albums received an enormous posthumous sales boost. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it only took three hours after her death for her Greatest Hits album to surge to the top of the iTunes albums chart. Her final musical performance will be featured in the movie “Sparkle,” which is set to be released in theaters this summer.
As fans and admirers await closure, life moves on for the singer’s close friends and family. Television mogul and close friend Oprah Winfrey scored the first interview with Houston’s daughter, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law Patricia Houston, who also served as the singer’s manager. Houston’s assets and estate have been divvied up and her New Jersey home that she formerly shared with Bobby Brown was quickly put on the market following her death. The remainder of her fortune was left to her only child, in a will that was validated by a judge earlier this week, according to TMZ.