Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48

Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
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(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.”
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18 Responses to “Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48”

  1. if you don’t get chills watching this…you have no soul…her best moment:

    RIP.

  2. she was a rare star who actually acted decently in her movies as well. her movies were pretty successful in the 90′s.

    http://boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=whitneyhouston.htm

    The Preachers Wife is one of my fave *innocent* movies of the 90′s.

  3. RIP ….liked her Bodyguard songs the best….

  4. extremely shocking news..

  5. RIP. Shocking and sad.

  6. i’m still morose and shell-shocked over her untimely death. so unexpected and devastating. i’m a big fan!. at her peak in the late 80s and early 90′s, she had a voice so celestial and powerful, no singer came even close to matching. simply one of the greatest singers—in any language—that has ever lived. r.i,p., whitney houston.

  7. karankumar@comcast.net Says:

    May her soul rest in peace, some say that she had more demons than even Bobby Brown. All those that lived in and around Mendham NJ (Whitney’s home town for a while) will cry out for her child. Drugs has once again destroyed a family.

    Sadly all discussion on drugs centers around taking crime out of the drugs buiness. Some day, through legalization, we may take crime out of drugs but can we by doing that garantee a more secure family ? If not then let’s focus on keeping family strong rather than making drugs easy to access.

    Today everyone is sad, but EVERYONE saw Whitney make an arse of herself but no one spoke. Rare talent has been reduced to dust by drugs, but no one spoke. Hence why express anything now ? Why not be silent ?

  8. RIP
    An authentic true blue singer rather than some overcelebrated ‘performers’

  9. A powerful voice, stilled too early. I even liked her in the few films she did.

    • alex adams Says:

      agree LS–she was more than a reasonable actress
      btw how r yu
      any book recommendations this time….
      from my side–a movie reco–vicki cristina barcelona

  10. alex adams Says:

    Watched Whitney live in birmingham myself

    she was good but nowhere @ her best frankly imo
    most of her songs need one to be quite good otherwise the “cracks” show up quickly

    whitney on jackson n drugs

  11. Shocking and depressing, and as always having one ask ‘why?’

  12. Bollywood pays tribute to Whitney Houston
    Last updated on: February 13, 2012 16:59 IST

    Stars expressed shock and tweeted their tribute to Whitney Houston, who was found dead at her Beverly Hilton hotel room on Sunday.

    AR Rahman tweeted: ‘Another shining star of the music world gone too soon…! We will miss you, Whitney… Respect and prayers for you!’

    Neha Dhupia wrote: ‘Shocked and saddened to hear about Whitney Houston …. So , So tragic! RIP’

    Vishal Dadlani tweeted: ‘RIP Whitney Houston. What a singer, what an artist, what a life! Goodbye, and may you find happiness.’

    The singer was an inspiration for Sunidhi Chauhan. ‘Whitney Houston.. You were truly an inspiration for me.. Will miss you,’ she updated.

    Priyanka Chopra tweeted: ‘”Bitter sweet..memories..that is all..I’m taking..with me..so goodbye..pls don’t cry”RIP Whitney..u made me believe in magic and dreams.’

    Shah Rukh Khan wrote: ‘and v waste so much time on inconsequential aspects of life. criticism..cynicism…voyeuristic.live ur life so u don’t miss it.whitney r.i.p’

    Celina Jaitly was shocked to hear the news. She wrote: ‘Just heard the unbelievable news of whitney H’s death,how very tragic.. She gave us beautiful music & left with so much music still within.’

    Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: ‘”I will always love” is the song the world will sing today. A sad day fr international music industry. RIP Whitney Houston, u’ll be missed!’

    Akshay Kumar wrote: ‘Another sad news this morning. Such things sometimes make you think how much for granted we take our lives. The loss of one of the greatest voices of all time!! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you.’

    Sonu Nigam tweeted: ‘One of my biggest inspirations in diversifying from what I knew as a musician, to what I was destined to become, has left without meeting me. The world will never be the same without her. Whitney Houston, Rest in Peace!’

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