A host of stars from the acting world paid tribute to Whitney Houston at last night’s BAFTA Film Awards (February 12).
Talking to Absolute Radio at the ceremony in London, The Descendents‘ leading man George Clooney described the singer, who passed away on Saturday (February 11) at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as “unbelievably sad”.
“She’ll be remembered as one of the greats who changed music, and certainly changed the singing that took place starting in the mid 80s,” he said, before adding:
It’s going to take a while to figure out what actually happened. Everyone will suspect certain things, but the truth of the matter is what it really is, is unbelievably sad.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, meanwhile, said: “It’s incredibly sad. I don’t know her or her music that well, but it’s obviously incredibly sad when someone dies so young.”
Singer Tom Jones also paid tribute, describing Houston as his “favourite female singer” and comparing her to the likes of Elvis Presley and Amy Winehouse as a talent “that has to be cut short”, while The Help actress Viola Davis said she had been “devastated” by the news, adding: “She not only had the technical range but also the heart and expression, so when you heard her you felt something. That’s talent.”
Earlier this morning (February 13), reports suggested that Houston’s death was allegedly caused by an overdose of prescription drugs. Rumours had circulated that the singer had drowned after her body was found in a bathtub, but family sources’ have said that Houston died as a result of an overdose of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.
Rihanna, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson are amongst the other stars who have publically paid tribute to Houston. Hudson performed a public tribute to the singer at last night’s Grammy Awards, singing Houston’s most famous hit ‘I Will Always Love You’. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch the performance.