BREAKING NEWS: Whitney Houston HAS DIED!

Posted by M ws On Sunday, February 12, 2012 4 comments
According to Associated Press as reported by NEW YORK TIMES AT THIS LINK at 9.37a.m. this morning:

Whitney Houston, who reigned 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.



Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

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 perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

“The time that I first saw her singing in her mother’s act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact,” Davis told “Good Morning America.”

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Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. You will forever be remembered!!!

4 comments to BREAKING NEWS: Whitney Houston HAS DIED!

  1. says:

    Chester Khuan False alarm

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1#.TzcarjWo_Ud

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Chester,

    That link you shared is for a story that appeared in the past (September 13) in response to a false alarm.

    The report from New York Times is dated TODAY and was released a few minutes ago!!

    It is real.

    NYT is a reputable site and the news was released by Associated Press.

    Thanks!

    I am really sad.

  1. says:

    adie I thought it was a prank and sadly it's true.. she will be missed by millions of her fans.. me included. RIP Whitney. We will always love you..

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear adie

    Thank you for your compassion. It is saddening to see the high price some have had to pay for their success. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it all...

    Take care and have a great day!

    Cheers

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