Whitney Houston dead at 48
It was a shocking news, Pop music queen Whitney Houston was found dead at 48 today in one of the rooms of Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her majestic career was ended with erratic behavior , drug use and failed marriage to fellow singer Bobby Brown.
News claim that officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor of Beverly Hilton Hotel where she was staying as a guest and found security staff and firemen attempting to revive her using CPR. The attempts proved unsuccessful after 20 minutes and she was pronounced dead at exactly 3:555 pm. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of her death and it was still unclear whether her death was drug related as many speculated considering her status and past problems.
Her death will be a great loss on the U.S music industry as well as to the world. At her peak, she was considered as one of the world’s best selling artist, from 1980 to late 1990′s her song echoes and gave inspiration and joy to every listener including this writer. She wowed audiences with powerful, effortless, and peerless vocals that only few singers could achieved.
Her music and style influenced many younger generation of singers including Mariah Carey whom she worked with and recorded the Oscar-winning song When You Believe in 1998.
Houston was supposed to appear at the gala of longtime mentor Clive Davis on his annual concert and dinner on saturday. She had been at rehearsals for the show , couching singers Brandy and Monica, representative says that the show will proceed and will probably becomes a tribute for her.
It was a tragic fall for a great singer like Whitney Houston, she should have been reaping and enjoying the fruits of her fame being one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.
The New York Times wrote that Houston “possesses one of her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity.”
Her marriage to Bobby Brown was seen odd by many, she was seen as pops pure princess while he was a bad boy , Bobby Brown was arrested for several times because of misdemeanor. Whitney once quoted, ” When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place,” she told Rolling Stone in 1993. “You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that’s their image. It’s part of them, it’s not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody’s angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy.”
Many years , the public saw what she once proclaimed, Houston was rehab two times saying that she was recovered but eventually missed concert dates and a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963, according to Guiness World of Record , she was the most awarded female act of all time. Houston made her album debut in 1985 which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. Saving All My Love for You brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal, multiplatinum album came out in 1987 hits like Where Do Broken Hearts Go and I Wanna Dance With Somebody were included.
Her moving 1991 rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America’s sweetheart. In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with The Bodyguard. Despite mixed reviews the movie was an international success. It gave her success including her rendition of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, sat atop the charts for weeks and hailed as Grammy’s record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the Bodyguard soundtrack was named album of the year.
Her downfall was very sudden but because of people love for her she managed to return in the limelight, she was forgiven and accepted again but this second chance proved futile as she once again failed to fully comprehend that her life is more precious.
Whitney Houston is just one of the story of famous people who was defeated by their own sorrowful mistakes and addiction to drugs. She will surely be missed by her family, friends and colleagues but her music will undoubtedly remain.