Rest In Peace

18 YEAR OLD WOMAN PLUNGES TO HER DEATH IN SOUTH-EAST LONDON DURING POLICE RAID

Via The Voice An eighteen year old woman has died after falling from the 17th floor of a block of flats during a police raid in Woolwich, south-east London, this morning. Police had entered the tower block on Mulgrave Road at 9.30am to carry out an arrest enquiry and shortly after their entrance the woman fell from a bedroom window located on the 17th floor. The teenager, who is believed to be mixed race, was pronounced dead at the scene. A formal []

WHITNEY HOUSTON’S DEATH CAUSED BY ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Via BBC News Whitney Houston’s death was caused by accidental drowning, but drug abuse and heart disease were also factors, a coroner has ruled. Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said drug tests indicated the 48-year-old US singer was a chronic cocaine user. The announcement ends weeks of speculation over the cause of Houston’s death. This is just tragic. Rest In Peace Whitney Houston.

OPRAH SET TO INTERVIEW WHITNEY HOUSTON’S DAUGHTER AND FAMILY

It has been announced that Oprah Winfrey will interview the late Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi-Christina and her other family members.The interview will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network. “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will feature an interview with 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina, Houston’s only child. It will also include Patricia Houston, who’s the singer’s sister-in-law and manager, as well as the singer’s brother Gary. It is scheduled to air March 11. Oprah doesn’t waste time does she? Rest In Peace Whitney Houston.

UK NEWS: PLAQUE HONOUR FOR ‘FIRST BLACK STAR’ ELISABETH WELCH

The BBC reports that the singer Elisabeth Welch is to be commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque in south-west London. Welch is the second black woman to be honoured with a blue plaque in London (who was the first?) The plaque will be unveiled in Ovington Court, Kensington, which was her home during the 1930s when she rose to fame on the cabaret circuit. The performer died aged 99 in 2003 and has been described as “Britain’s first black star”. Welch was born []

WHITNEY HOUSTON’S LIFE CELEBRATED

Singer Whitney Houston’s funeral took place today in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Among the mourners were Oprah Winfrey, R.Kelly, Mary J Blige, Kevin Costner and Mariah Carey. I watched the entire service on CNN. It was uplifting but also heartbreaking. I still cannot believe that Whitney has left us so tragically at the age of 48. The star will be buried tomorrow. Rest In Peace Whitney Elizabeth Houston. Click HERE to view photographs.

UK NEWS: WOMAN DIES AFTER POSSIBLY SUFFERING AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO BONDING GLUE IN HER HAIR

Via The Daily Mail A woman died from a massive allergic reaction that could have been caused by the glue in her hair extensions, a pathologist said yesterday. Atasha Graham, 34, who had used hair extensions for 14 years, collapsed after clubbing until the early hours. Home Office pathologist Michael Heath told the inquest into her death that the latex glue used to apply her extensions – or the solvent for removing old ones – may have been to blame. He added: []

SOUL LEGEND ETTA JAMES DIES

The legendary Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) has died. The singer was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and died today aged 73. During her career Etta won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. … Rest In Peace Etta James.