Watch a trailer for a new Whitney Houston documentary

It's the first film about the star to be approved by her estate

The first trailer for the new Whitney Houston documentary Whitney has been released.

Houston died on February 9, 2012, aged 48. She was found unconscious in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office later said her death was caused by drowning, heart disease, and cocaine use.

Whitney is the first documentary about the star to be given approval by her estate. It was directed by Oscar winner Kevin MacDonald, who also directed 2012’s Bob Marley film, Marley. Watch the trailer below.

The documentary premiered at 2017’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, but will arrive in cinemas on July 6. It will feature previously unseen archival footage, interviews with Houston’s family, rare live performances, unreleased songs, and more. The film follows last year’s Whitney: Can I Be Me, which was directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal.

Discussing Whitney in 2016, MacDonald said he wanted “audiences to walk out of the cinema and feel positive about Whitney and her music.” But he added that the doc “won’t shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life – her descent into addiction”.

“I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget,” said Macdonald. “She changed the way pop music was sung – bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots.”