Wild eyed, her hair in a mess, tragic Whitney Houston is pictured enjoying a raucous night in which she clashed with security staff and fans following a performance at a Hollywood Grammy party earlier this week. But despite her dishevelled appearance no one would have guessed that less than two days later she would be found dead in her hotel room.
On Friday night the singer had been a guest at the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood and had even performed during the night.
And while the cause of her tragic death at the age of just 48 is as yet unknown, it has been reported that the singer also ‘partied heavily’ last night.
A witness told Us Weekly at the time that she had appeared ‘wasted’ and ‘moody’ as she exited the night club late on Thursday night.
The source said: ‘She reacted angrily to the security guards trying to get her into her car...and started cussing them out.’
The observer went on to say that even though Whitney was stopping and signing autographs for fans, ‘she would get moody again in a split second.’
The source added: ‘It was sad because her fans noticed that she was really shaky as she left the venue. She definitely was not in control of herself.’
Dressed all in black, the I Will Always Love You singer appeared angry and agitated as she left the venue and looked like she had partied a little hard.
Wearing a short black dress the star emerged with her hair messed up and gestured aggressively to the waiting photographers.
The release of the photos showing the star’s erratic behaviour and dishevelled look sparked concern over the singer’s health.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitney had a run-in with former X Factor contestant Stacy Francis that evening, after Whitney failed to remember the aspiring singer after she once pulled her onstage during one of her concerts.
Whitney died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was staying in order to attend at perform at a pre-Grammys party hosted by Clive Davis.
According to TMZ, the star was seen with a large group of friends at the hotel bar on the eve of her death.
Sources told the website that the group were drinking and being loud.
And the website went on to allege that the singer and her friends stood out because of all the noise they were making, despite the fact that the hotel was abuzz with guests getting ready for the pre-Grammy festivities.
A spokesman for the local police department said that emergency services had been called to the hotel at 3.43 this afternoon, arriving minutes later.
Officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor where she was staying as a guest, where they found security staff attempting to revive her.
Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.
According to TMZ, police have sealed off the hotel room where Whitney died and will not be searching it until they have obtained a search warrant.
The website reports that their primary interest is to establish whether or not drugs were present in the room.
Whitney was spotted looking worse for wear on a night out with friends just two days before her death.
A source told the website that Whitney was 'cordial at first' but the scene soon changed after Whitney's friend, R&B star Ray J, stepped in.
An eyewitness said: 'Whitney just got belligerent. Ray was trying to defend Stacy, telling Whitney, 'Stacy's family!', but Whitney was feeling crowded out and hands were raised.'
The source added: 'You didn't know which way it could go there for a minute.'
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter following the alleged incident, Stacy said: 'I have the utmost respect for Whitney Houston and her talent.'
However Us Weekly reports that Whitney ‘was fine’ the following day as she conducted a sound-check to gear up for her performance at the pre-Grammys party.
A source told the magazine: ‘She was present and ready...She had water to keep her vocals clear, and was trying to not smoke.’
Recently she had seemed determined to get her career back on track and had a star turn in the upcoming movie 'Sparkle', the remake of a 1976 film due to be released in August this year.
With her stunning looks and amazing pitch-perfect voice, the singer sold an incredible 170 million CDs, singles and videos in the course of a glittering 30-year career.
Her amazing vocal skills were honed singing in a church choir and occasionally on stage alongside her singer mother.
As a teenager, she sang backing vocals on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman,' which she would later go on to record in 1992.
According to music legend, producer Clive Davis signed Houston on the spot after seeing her perform at a New York nightclub in 1983.
He was determined to nurture her talent and her debut album, entitled simply Whitney Houston, wasn't released until February 1985.
It was a critical and commercial hit with Rolling Stone calling Houston one of the 'most exciting new voices in years'.
Her popularity grew throughout the late 80's and after successful tours during 1986–87 Forbes magazine listed her as the highest earning African-American woman.
In Januray 1991, during the first Gulf War, Houston performed 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl XXV to a record 79 million viewers.
Her version of the Dolly Parton song I will always Love You - taken from the soundtrack to the film the Bodyguard in which she starred alongside Kevin Costner - spent 14 weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and 10 weeks at number 1 in the UK charts.
It was at this time, arguably at the very height of her fame, that her 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown began to break down.
The pair met in 1989 and with Brown's infamous bad-boy image and run-ins with the police, stories of the couple's behaviour and drug-taking appeared regularly in tabloid newspapers.
Nevertheless she continued to maintain a successful career both in music and film throughtout the 1990s.
But in the early years of the new century sales fell and and her once-immaculate voice began to fail. In a 2002 inteview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, she admitted using drugs but strongly denied the use of crack.
After several spells in rehab Rehab she declared herself drug-free in a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey.