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A Great Loss: Whitney Houston’s Death
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A Great Loss: Whitney Houston’s Death

The world is shocked by the passing of yet another super star. Whitney Houston, the renowned American singer, model, actress and producer passed away on February 11, 2012.

She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. The famous singer was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California where she was staying at the time.

Paramedics performed CPR for 20 minutes on her but found her unresponsive. She was then declared dead. However, initial investigation show that there is no sign of foul play involved over the death of the singer.

Investigations regarding the cause of death of Whitney Houston are still ongoing. However, much of the netizens and fans of the late star blame the death on Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown.

Throughout her career, many famous celebrities were linked to Houston, including American football star Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy, whom she actually dated early in her career.

However, meeting B. Brown during the 1989 Soul Train marked a new relationship for Houston. After a whole 3 years of courting, Houston and Brown tied the knot. Houston gave birth to her first and last child, named Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Bobby Brown however, despite his celebrity stature would encounter several contacts with the law, including some jail time of crimes he committed. Brown’s crimes would range from drunk driving to marijuana to misdemeanor battery.

A troubled marriage life filled with battery received from her ex-husband B. Brown was the turning point of her life and career. This led to the degradation of her music career.

Whitney Houston is remembered as one of the epitomes of Hollywood stardom.Born on August 9, 1963 to Cissy Houston, she humbly started out singing at her local church before moving on to stardom. It took 20 years for producer Clive Davis at a New York night club apparently.

The peak of her career during 80’s and 90’s was marked by several successful songs. Once, Houston became the most-awarded female act of all time Guiness book of records. Her debut album was called “Whitney Houston” was released in 1985, her song “Saving All My Love For You” won her a Grammy for best female pop vocal.

Then her first acting break came, making a great transition from music to the film industry by starring in the movie “The Bodyguard” opposite Kevin Costner.

However during the recent years, Houston admitted that she uses marijuana, pills and cocaine even stating that these were on a daily basis. Her battle with harmful drugs caused damage on the quality of her voice leading to very poor album sales.

With the loss of yet another star, much of the Hollywood community was in a state of shock and sorrow to hear of the singer/actress’s death. Even ex-husband B. Brown admitted that he was always in and out of crying fits upon hearing of her ex-wife’s passing.

Much is to be remembered of the once shining star, Whitney Houston. She has contributed much to the music and film industry. Her mezzo-soprano voice would be the anthem for generations to come. She has inspired millions upon millions of generations of her songs, especially the soul-stirring “When You Believe” which was featured on the film “The Prince of Egypt”.

Houston’s life was marked by a see-saw of happiness and sorrows. It is unfortunate that it had to end this way. She was once at the top of her game once, now reduced to a shell of her former self and thus led to her downfall. Despite all of the negativity, loyal fans of the star would not stop supporting her, even if iPhones turn to time machines and cars turn to space ships, the memories and the timeless songs she gave us would echo throughout time.


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