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    Whitney Houston is dead...

    Superstar singer Whitney Houston 1963-2012

    February 11, 2012 8:18 PM


    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, died Saturday. She was 48.

    Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

    "There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time," Rosen said.

    Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

    Rosen said police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.

    Superstar singer Whitney Houston 1963-2012 - CBS News

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    God rests her soul. She was a star who felt victim to her fame. Though we make our choices. I hope God will redeem us in the end.

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    Although to early to say, it seems likely that drugs either current or past use played a role, addiction is a killer and no respecter of person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zraver View Post
    Although to early to say, it seems likely that drugs either current or past use played a role, addiction is a killer and no respecter of person.

    I think you are right. Sooner or later the body has enough of all the abuse and one more press on life's self destruct button takes you to your god. I hope it was quick and painless and that she is now in a better place. RIP Whitney, it was brilliant while it lasted.

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    She clearly lacked Keith Richard's genes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S2 View Post
    She clearly lacked Keith Richard's genes.
    I am going to hell for this but........
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    A real shame. A good looking lady with a very powerful voice. RIP.
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    I am amazed at some of the sniping I have seen on the internet regarding her. Very much like the sniping she had to endure as a singer in life. As Tony Bennett said she was the greatest singer he had ever heard and we all know he has heard and known many personally. I will always remember her singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Those on the field said her rendition actually brought tears to the eyes of many of the players on the field. I can believe it.

    Many say she was just a druggie and that it was her choice. Talking about walking in someone's shoes. Becoming a celebrity, of her stature, brings tremendous attention beyond anyone's imagination. She was attacked for not being "black enough", she was attacked for her songs lacking rhythm and her producer for trying to make her white. Most people, with great artistic talent, also tend to be insecure. They actually feel they are not good enough. They feel they will disappoint their fans with a poor performance. They can get so nervous before a performance they will throw up. If you saw 60 Minutes interview with Adele she said that has happened to her. She has also had to move way out into the countryside to avoid all the media trying to get into her life. Houston went through the same thing.

    All this attention, all the vitriol directed towards her success begins to take it's toll. How many of us like to have our lives dissected under a microscope and every little fault pointed out, not to a small group of friends, but to the whole world. How many of us live with that constant pressure of performing perfectly over and over again. Is it a wonder that a person wouldn't try to find a way to get away from that one way or another? Probably running into Bobbie Brown wasn't the best thing for her in the situation she was in. Getting addicted was no doubt an easy thing to do as it gave you escape. Problem is that once the chemical attraction has you in it's grips it can be hard to break. Ask many an alcoholic who does battle everyday. I think in the end we will find that she didn't die of demon drugs as much as she may have died very much like Michael Jackson. Making a comeback was so stressful that he couldn't sleep and needed sleeping meds to do so. Some meds that many have taken before like valium for one. She may have run into the same miscalculation that he did and paid the price. Those who now call her just a druggie are no different than those who attacked her in life for not being what they wanted or for simple jealousy. May she rest in peace but it seems even that can be taken away...

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    Seriously why so many people mourn her?

    It wasn't an accident or a tragedy it was an end of a drug addict. Predictable.

    Was she a great voice? Definitely. That's it.

    To my knowledge in the past decade she had no descent song. All she did was going in circles drugs <-> rehab. Hope her daughter will learn a lesson from all this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    I am amazed at some of the sniping I have seen on the internet regarding her. Very much like the sniping she had to endure as a singer in life. As Tony Bennett said she was the greatest singer he had ever heard and we all know he has heard and known many personally.
    Well she is being compared to a lot of great divas. Her music in comparison to earlier singers isn't as remarkable. Think of Aretha. Whitney was a cheesy pop queen. Strictly for the girlies. Pop is such a disposable genre, hot today, gone tomorrow. I don't find her music timeless at all and that to me is the yardstick for greatness. Still good to listen to, still cool to be associated with.

    When Tony Benney says she was the greatest singer he ever heard he means she had a good range. Technically speaking her voice.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    I will always remember her singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Those on the field said her rendition actually brought tears to the eyes of many of the players on the field. I can believe it.
    Over the years I'd imagine there'd be a number of artists that can also pull that off.

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    Many say she was just a druggie and that it was her choice. Talking about walking in someone's shoes. Becoming a celebrity, of her stature, brings tremendous attention beyond anyone's imagination. She was attacked for not being "black enough", she was attacked for her songs lacking rhythm and her producer for trying to make her white.
    She was a sellout in other words.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    Most people, with great artistic talent, also tend to be insecure. They actually feel they are not good enough. They feel they will disappoint their fans with a poor performance. They can get so nervous before a performance they will throw up. If you saw 60 Minutes interview with Adele she said that has happened to her. She has also had to move way out into the countryside to avoid all the media trying to get into her life. Houston went through the same thing.

    All this attention, all the vitriol directed towards her success begins to take it's toll. How many of us like to have our lives dissected under a microscope and every little fault pointed out, not to a small group of friends, but to the whole world. How many of us live with that constant pressure of performing perfectly over and over again. Is it a wonder that a person wouldn't try to find a way to get away from that one way or another? Probably running into Bobbie Brown wasn't the best thing for her in the situation she was in. Getting addicted was no doubt an easy thing to do as it gave you escape. Problem is that once the chemical attraction has you in it's grips it can be hard to break. Ask many an alcoholic who does battle everyday. I think in the end we will find that she didn't die of demon drugs as much as she may have died very much like Michael Jackson. Making a comeback was so stressful that he couldn't sleep and needed sleeping meds to do so. Some meds that many have taken before like valium for one. She may have run into the same miscalculation that he did and paid the price. Those who now call her just a druggie are no different than those who attacked her in life for not being what they wanted or for simple jealousy. May she rest in peace but it seems even that can be taken away...
    Well its a curse to have a fantastic voice but not quite make it isn't it.

    Very few people get that privilege.
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    RIP Whitney
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    She has entered the Dead Dope Divas club. Immensely talented, to be sure. I can't recall many with a rare combination of true beauty, exquisite talent, and a skilled, professional delivery reeking discipline and training-a true diva. While not my style one bit, she clearly had it all. Somebody may post a performance on the music thread. That will serve as her inauguration.

    Sadly, I'll not miss her. She made zero impact upon my life aside from wasting her extraordinary gifts. That was a valued lesson to the rest of us, if costly beyond life to her. God bless her wherever she may now be.
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    She had a great voice, she was beautiful. She didn't write any great songs - someone else wrote her great songs. She was a drug addict, no claim to fame for that. In the past, I have read about her drug dealers beating her up because she didn't pay them...

    I see it as a sad story, sort of like that Winehouse woman (except Winehouse wrote the songs too), but at least Whitney had a few more decades of life, and she did get lots of breaks - she just didn't take advantage of the ones that could have saved her.

    I liked Whitney's voice, her songs - not as much...
    I mourn our hereos and my departed loved ones, I am just sad about this foolish woman...
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