Whitney Houston has died at age 48. How tragic! We lost a great American today. She was a beautiful and incredibly talented person.
She died in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles as she was preparing to attend a Clive Davis event at which she was to be honored. Clive Davis was like a father to her.
Whitney Houston’s adult life was haunted by substance abuse problems. After periods of battling the disease, she attempted a comeback in 2009 but was back in rehab last year. She recently made a movie and hoped to begin life anew.
Her daughter, Bobbi Christina, was caught with cocaine last year and will hopefully not continue with this type of experimentation. Whitney shared custody of her 19 year old daughter with her ex-husband, bad boy Bobby Brown.
A search warrant has been issued and crime investigators are on the scene in the 4th floor hotel room where she died. Prescription narcotics were found and collected. The autopsy is pending toxicology results.
TMZ reported that she was partying in the hotel bar the night before and it would have no significance if it wasn’t for the fact that she struggled with the horror of substance abuse.
She was a philanthropist who loved her country. She was known to perform for the military. She was so terrific.
But she was so haunted. This tragedy should be a life lesson. There is no proof at this time that her death was directly related to substance abuse but there is the reality that drugs were part of her life.
Once substance abuse takes control, it is a lifelong curse. Maybe her death will save some young person who is thinking of trying drugs. She fought against it gallantly, but substance abuse becomes a very powerful physical and mental demon even for a gallant fighter.
CBS: AP) LOS ANGELES – Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony. Houston’s longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.
At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise…