Whitney Houston died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday and today the tributes are flowing non-stop for the sensational but troubled singer.
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Pop legend Whitney Houston died Saturday aged 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammys, triggering shock and a wave of tributes as music stars gathered for the annual awards show. AFP
Tributes flow in for Whitney
Cause of death still unknown
LOS ANGELES, (AFP) – Musical stars paid emotional tributes to legendary US singer and actress Whitney Houston as they gathered for the annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, less than 24 hours after her shock death, aged 48.
Singer Jennifer Hudson was expected to perform as part of a “respectful” tribute at the Grammys, while the veteran producer who discovered her said Houston would want the show to go on.
“Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on,” said Clive Davis, veteran producer who said he was “personally devastated” by Houston’s death, hours before his traditional pre-Grammys party in Beverly Hills.
Houston, whose hits included “I will Always Love You” but whose career went downhill as she battled with drugs, was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton, shortly before Saturday night’s party hosted by Davis.
She was found dead in the bathtub, ABC news reported Sunday citing paramedics who had rushed to the singer’s aid but found her "lifeless."
The paramedics made attempts to resuscitate her, but the singer could not be revived.
“There were no obvious signs of criminal intent at this time, and it is being investigated by the Beverly Hills police department,” said a police spokesman on Saturday. An autopsy is expected Sunday or Monday.
Musicians, many already in Los Angeles ahead of the Grammys, lined up to pay tribute to Houston, who sold over 170 million records and also starred in movies before descending into a very public battle with substance abuse.
“She was one of the greatest singers I ever heard,” said veteran crooner Tony Bennett, on the red carpet at the hotel in Beverly Hills, where Houston’s body was found in her fourth floor room on Saturday.
With a ferociously powerful voice and a dazzling range, Houston achieved stardom as a pop-soul singer known as “The Voice” and the “Queen of Pop.” She also appeared in hit movies such as “The Bodyguard,” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
From a musical family that included mother Cissy Houston, a gospel star, and her cousin Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston grew up in New Jersey and started out as a teen model and then made a dazzling segue to music.
Her hits included “How Will I Know,” “Saving all My Love for You,” and “I Will Always Love You.”
legend – a very famous person, especially in a particular field, who is admired by other people บุคคลที่มีชื่อเสียง
legendary – very famous or well known for a long time
eve – the day before วันก่อน
trigger – to cause ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
shock – a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
wave – several events or things of a similar kind that happen one after the other สิ่งที่ต่อเนื่องกัน
tribute – something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone or something การแสดงความเคารพ ยกย่องต่อ
pay tribute – to say or do something that shows you respect and admire someone a lot แสดงความชื่นชมหรือขอบคุณ
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน,
annual – happening once a year ประจำปี
emotional – related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general มีอารมณ์
respectful – showing or feeling respect ซึ่งเคารพนับถือ
veteran – having a lot of experience doing something อาวุโส
producer – a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, television or radio programme, album ผู้อำนวยการสร้าง, ผู้ผลิต
devastated – upset and shocked ตกตะลึง, สะเทือนใจ
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม
career – a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in อาชีพ
go downhill – to get worse in quality, health, etc. ดวงตก
host – to invite people for a special invent and to provide the space and other things necessary for it ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ
cite – to mention something or refer to กล่าวถึง
paramedic – someone, who is not a doctor but who is trained to give medical treatment to people at the place where an accident has happened หน่วยแพทย์ฉุกเฉิน
aid – help; assistance ความช่วยเหลือ
resuscitate – to make an unconscious person start to breathe again ช่วยชีวิต ช่วยให้่ฟื้นชีพ
revive – to come or bring someone/something back to life, health, existence, or use ทำให้ฟื้นชีพ
obvious – clear; easy to see, recognise or understand ชัดเจน
intent – plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
autopsy – a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died การชันสูตรศพ
descend – to go down, in this case, into a worse condition ลงมา
substance abuse – the practice or habit of taking too much of a harmful drug or drinking too much alcohol
crooner – singer (to croon is to sing or talk in a sweet low voice full of emotion ฮัมเพลง)
carpet – a thick woven material made of wool, etc. for covering floors or stairs พรม
ferocious – very strong; very aggressive or violent รุนแรง
dazzling – extremely impressive น่าประหลาดใจ, น่าพิศวง, น่าอัศจรรย์
range – the difference between the highest and lowest notes a person can sing
bodyguard – a person or a group of people who are employed to protect somebody องครักษ์,คนคุ้มกัน
exhale – to breathe out the air or smoke, etc. in your lungs หายใจออก
gospel – a style of religious singing developed by African Americans รูปแบบการร้องเพลงของคนดำ
segue (pronounced segway) – to move smoothly from one song, subject, place, etc. to another
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