Why we won’t let musicians rest in peace It’s called the “death effect” and it’s the same for actors, authors and artists — whether it’s an increase in exposure or a supply-induced demand (no more painter, no more paintings), public hunger for a person’s work grows exponentially following their passing. When it comes to musicians, however, the situation has the added element of necromancy, a sort of pop culture-tinged resurrection. From conspiracy theories claiming fake deaths to companies using technology to revive long-gone artists, audiences refuse to let musicians rest in peace. (Illustration by Steve Murray)
Ed Winter, the chief coroner for Los Angeles County, refused to comment on the cause of death or the presence of prescription pills. He said the autopsy was complete but results would be kept under wraps awaiting toxicology reports.
“There are reports she maybe was drowned, or overdosed, but we won’t make a final determination until all the tests are in,” he said. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The awards show, which is set to air live from Los Angeles on Sunday Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. (airing on CBS and Global), has reportedly secured Jennifer Hudson to perform a “respectful musical tribute” during the ceremony.
Whitney Houston dead at 48 Whitney Houston, the Grammy Award-winning singer of such hits as I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You, the latter of which was featured on the soundtrack for the film The Bodyguard (in which she also starred) and holds the record for best-selling single by a female artist, has died. She was 48 years old.
The cause of her death is as yet unconfirmed, her publicist Kristen Foster said.
Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was found by medical personnel on Saturday. She was in Los Angeles for a musical tribute to Clive Davis. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)