Whitney Houston was one of the biggest singing stars of her generation, but her life was cut short 10 years ago when she was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel. Now, we’re learning more about the tragic circumstances of her final days. Kelly Price recently spoke about the last time she saw Whitney Houston. It was two days before her untimely passing.
She was staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the days leading up to the 2012 Grammys, where she was set to perform. Inside Edition spoke with Gerrick Kennedy, author of the new book “Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston.”
Feb. 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Houston’s death, and this Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI marks 31 years since Houston graced the field to deliver arguably the most unforgettable rendition of the national anthem — her death and one of the brightest moments of her life inextricably linked on the calendar.
On January 27, 1991—ten days into the Persian Gulf War—Whitney Houston took the field at Tampa Stadium and performed “The Star Spangled Banner”, backed by the Florida Orchestra along with music director Jahja Ling, before 73,813 fans, 115 million viewers in the United States and a worldwide television audience of 750 million.
The pregame program including Houston’s performance of the national anthem was produced by Bob Best for the National Football League and televised live on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States.
Because of the Gulf War situation, this marked the first time the Super Bowl would be telecast in most countries around the world. Outside of North America and the United Kingdom, the Super Bowl was broadcast for the first time in such countries as Australia, Russia, and most other countries. Houston’s performance was later used as a music video of the song.