Whitney Houston Dies At Age 48

Queen of Pop Whitney Houston, the most awarded female artist, died on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Before a struggle with drugs ravaged her voice and body, contributed to her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown and made her known for erratic behavior, she was one of the world’s best selling artists. She was known for her poise and beauty.

Her vocal performances seemed as effortless as they were powerful. She even saw success in movies such as “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

But as her drug use continued, her voice and image struggled. She admitted to bouts of cocaine abuse.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2002.

Her mother is Cissy Houston, the gospel singer. Her mom’s cousin is Dionne Warwick. Her godmother, Aretha Franklin. As a child, she sang in churches and did backup for Chaka Khan, among others.

Her debut album included the hits “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love,” and “The Greatest Love of All.”

She and Bobbi Brown, who got married in 1992, had daughter Bobbi Kristina in 1993. They divorced in 2007.

When I heard about Whitney’s death, I immediately called my sister, who bought her first album and with whom I belted out all the songs. Then I called my mom and a couple of other girlfriends. I had forgotten how influential she was for us in our teen years. What a loss. A personal favorite is embedded below. What about you? What are your favorite memories of this talented singer? What are your favorite songs?


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