Whitney Houston’s death in a hotel room. When celebrities check out – permanently

FOR some the idea might sound macabre. However, the death of Whitney Houston is not deterring guests from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Booked.net writer Olga Leleka looks at the link between celebrity deaths and hotel rooms.

The 48-year-old was found unresponsive in the bath in room 434 of the hotel on February 11.

Three days later that room was already occupied by another guest.

A hotel reservations agent also reportedly said the hotel had been flooded with calls from people who also want to book the room.

Rooms at the Beverly Hilton start at US$375 per night. It’s a slightly macabre phenomenon, but trailing the famous – even in death – is nothing new.

It became fashionable to visit cemeteries in the late 18th century and even then some started charging for entrance.

For many people a final resting place is the closest they will ever to their idol, for others even sites associated with the life and death of a person are places of pilgrimage.

Here are four other hotels that will forever be linked to a famous death.

  • Hotel Chelsea

New York’s Hotel Chelsea was used to rock ’n roller guests, but acquired some notoriety thanks to Sex Pistols bass guitarist Sid Vicious.

He stabbed 20-year-old girlfriend Nancy Laura Spungen to death in room 100 on October 12, 1978.

Arrested and charged with second-degree murder on December 9, 1978 Vicious pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. While on bail, he would again run foul of the law and would be charged with assault and jailed in Rikers Island prison for 55 days.

Again released on bail on February 1, 1979 at a party to celebrate, he would overdose on heroin and die. Police then closed the Spungen case.

  • Hotel Ritz

Hôtel Ritz, in Paris, became the final destination of one of the most iconic women of the 20th century – Coco Chanel.

The most notable figure of French fashion Coco Chanel had been living at the hotel for 30 years and died there aged 87 on January 10, 1971.

She initiated the most influential fashion house in the world, enough so that she is the only person in the fashion field to be named on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

The hotel is also associated with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She dined there with companion Dodi El Fayed before both were to be involved in a car crash in a Paris tunnel.

  • Chateau Marmont

Star of Animal House and The Blues Brothers John Belushi was known as hard-living.

That lifestyle caught up with him when he died from cocaine overdose on March 5, 1982 at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.

About 22 years later he was followed by photographer Helmut Newton who made an appointment with death while driving out of the hotel.

He lost control of his car and slammed into a wall in the driveway of the Chateau Marmont on January 23, 2004.


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