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WHITNEY HOUSTON DIES AT AGE 48
Whitney Houston's surprising death shocks artists and fans worldwide. This international superstar's music brought people together. Now they are uniting again to mourn and celebrate her legacy. Family, friends, and celebrities gathered at her home church in New Jersey for her home-going celebration. This service was held on Feb. 18th at 11:00 a.m. Some of the attendees included: Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and many others. Her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, was expected to attend the funeral service. However, he was turned away. Many hold him responsible for her addiction to drugs and her downfall. Speakers spoke about Houston's life, legacy, faith, and love for her craft. They also sang some of her greatest hits including “I will always love you” and “I look to you.”
Whitney Houston photo (courtesy of Facebook)
Houston's death caught the music community, family, and friends off guard. There were never any reports of her being admitted to the hospital prior to this incident. So, what caused the singer's death?” According to Dailymail.co.uk, it has been reported that Whitney Houston died from a cocktail of Xanax and other prescription drugs with alcohol. L.A. Coroner's Office allegedly told the Houston family that there was not enough water in her lungs to conclude that she drowned. Therefore, she died prior to drowning. Who discovered her body is still up for debate. Some reports say it was her hairdresser, her Aunt Mary Jones, or her bodyguard. After she was found, Houston was immediate rushed to the hospital. Paramedics did everything that they could but were unable to revive her.
In the days prior to her death, Houston was seen partying heavily, drinking, and chatting loudly with friends. She also clashed with security guards. CNN.com states that Houston even accused the bartenders of making her drinks too weak. Guests were concerned about her behavior and appearance. She was seen wearing mismatched clothing and jumping in the pool area. Many thought that she was drunk. Houston also attended Kelly Price's Grammy nomination party. She did drink champagne and her behavior was normal. On Feb. 11th, she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party. Houston was seen drinking at the pool. At 3:43pm, Houston was found unconscious in the bathtub. At 3:55pm, she was pronounced dead.
Whitney Houston was many things but no one can deny that she was truly a legend. She was also a devoted wife and mother to her daughter. Houston was born on Aug. 9th, 1963 in New Jersey. She was surrounded by legendary figures like Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. Houston got her start singing at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. At an early age she began to amaze the congregation with her powerful voice. At age 19, she was discovered by Clive Davis of Arista Records. Her first album, Whitney Houston (1985), was an immediate success. Houston won her first Grammy in 1986 for her chart-topping single, “Saving all my love for you.” Her second album, Whitney (1987), went platinum and she won more Grammys. This was followed by a successful world tour. By 1992, Houston had taken the world by storm. That same year, she married Bobby Brown of New Edition. The two had a daughter named Bobbi Kristina. Over the years, Houston struggled with trying to repair a failing marriage. She also was battling drug addition and health problems. In 2007, she divorced Brown and won soul custody of their daughter. Houston made her comeback in 2009 with the release of “I Look to You.”
Houston had a sound that attracted fans from all music tastes. Her songs are timeless and age-less. They will never go out of style. Radio stations will continue to play her music. Fans will continue to buy Houston's albums. Aspiring singers will use her as inspiration. It is clear that Houston was destined to be a legend from the time she opened her mouth. From singing in the church to international stardom, she will always be remembered for her talent. There will be others that follow but there will never be another Whitney. So, continue to celebrate her life, legacy, and music. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Houston will definitely be missed. Also, post comments, condolences, and memories on the Remembering Whitney Houston website (http://remembering.whitneyhouston.com).