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Whitney Houston-Gone at 48

Updated on January 1, 2013

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The Wonderfully Talented Whitney Houston
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Whitney Houston - Dead at 48

I am sitting and listening to the news right now and am truly saddened and shocked. One of the arguably most talented singers in recent times has died. Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. At this point, there is not a cause of death. People are speculating that it could possibly involve drugs, but again, at this moment we really don’t know.

I am close to the same age as Ms. Houston. I wish I had only a tiny bit of the wonderful talent that she had. She had many number one hits and made some wonderful movies. The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner was a great showcase of her acting and musical talents. The Preacher’s Wife was a wonderfully done remake that also showed off her acting talents.

It saddens me that in recent years, we have heard more bad news about this wonderful talent, than good news. In my opinion, it was her relationship with Bobby Brown that was probably the beginning of the downfall of her career. Although Bobby Brown is/was also a great talent, the personal relationship between the two of them was not good. I don’t know if it was Bobby that introduced her to drugs, but I do know that he at least helped contribute to her drug abuse. As a woman that lived in an abusive relationship, I do understand that she loved him and probably feared him at the same time that she feared losing him.

As I am writing this, I am listening to Smokey Robinson tell the world about how wonderful his friend Whitney was. He is talking about the talent that the world has lost. He is talking about how her mother must feel and is extending his condolences to Cissy. I feel for her daughter, Bobbi Kristina and hope that this doesn’t cause her to fall deeper into her own drug abuse. Maybe this will help put Bobbi on the road to sobriety.

There are people in Los Angeles that are in town for the Grammy Awards, where Whitney was at. They are discussing the loss of this wonderful woman and the irony of her passing on this night before the Grammy’s. I imagine that there will some sort of tribute at the Grammy’s to honor Whitney.

I am saddened about the passing of Whitney Houston. I am saddened that I will not hear new music from this talented woman. I am glad that she will live on in her music….


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    • Springboard profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Truly a sad thing whenever this sort of thing happens, and sad as well that it happens all too often with talented people. Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix...just to name a few of our past greats who fell victim to bad judgement. It's a tough life being a celebrity. I think that's part of the problem sometimes. Fame comes with a price, and some of those who get it simply don't know how to deal with it. It's very isolating. She will be missed, but sadly, she will also not be the last one we hear about.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Jackie - I agree someone should have stepped in to help her. Or maybe they did and she was so addicted that she couldn't accept the help. I hope that she had some money to leave her daughter...hopefully her daughter sees the results of addiction and tries to do better for herself...

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I imagine she contributed to her daughter's drug abuse and no one that I have seen or heard yet has mentioned that. That is so sad that a man or addiction would mean more to her than her child but then I guess that is how drugs affect people and she probably has been addicted that child's whole life. It is all so sad to think of her now dead in the ground and it was all for what? If you believe all people say she didn't even have money to leave her daughter. Someone should have helped her.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frog -it is sad that so many r

      talented people get caught up in drugs...we lose to many of them

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      6 years ago

      I am a big fn of this famous pop singer. I love her song "I Will Always Love You"

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      justateacher - Great tribute and sad that such a song bird got caught up in the world of ascertainment and drugs. Sometimes the good do die young by their own hand.

      The Frog

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You have written what I feel on the passing of such a talented remarkable woman. Her voice was awesome and she sang with such passion. Let's hope the world will be kind to the news of her cause of death if it is drug related.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks Polly and Koralee - I am afraid that Whitney and Bobby both did not set a good example for Bobbi Kristina (their daughter) and to find out that the daughter also has drug addiction issues really saddens me...hopefully the cycle will end and she won't have a child someday that will lose her momma to the use of drugs....

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      6 years ago from US

      I didn't realize she had a 19 year old daughter, so that disappoints me she didn't do better for her sake even if drugs wasn't the cause of her death. Also I heard she had had some argument with someone but since they don't suspect FP I guess that is no one to look at. It really really is so very sad. She was just someone you wanted to see do so good. Got you back on the votes, up and across.

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      Koralee Phillips 

      6 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Great tribute to Whitney. Sometimes good things do come out of bad things, so hopefully you're right about Bobbi using her death to clean up his own life. Especially for the sake of his young daughter.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks all for your comments...I am sure we will find out more in the coming days...and, least her music will live on...

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      I was driving in the car and the people on the radio were talking about her singing of the national anthem in 1991....and I was wondering why in the world they talking about that when I turned off the I know. What a sad ending to pretty sad life that at least gave us her wonderful voice for some many least her voice will continue.

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      Beth Perry 

      6 years ago from Tennesee


      a lovely, lovely dedication. I was never much into pop music, but I really did enjoy hearing Whitney's voice. I wish more of today's pop singers would lend their born talents to make truly beautiful music as she did.

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      6 years ago from east of the equator

      The disease of addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. It took the life of my brother just three short months ago.

      Only the Grace of God can rescue a soul from the grips of addiction. May Whitney R.I.P.. She is finally free of her addiction.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      48 is so young.. Justateacher.. and now watch all the dirt fall from her closets.. we just eat this stuff up.. and I always say when you die just let it be.. hmm but anyways nice write-up saw a few on hubpages this morning :) Frank

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I had a free digital subscription at the New York Times and it is through their daily newsletter that I learned about Whitney's demise. She's one of the reasons why I, and other singers, would like to continue singing. She and her brilliant voice will always live in our hearts.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful tribute to a talented woman. Just another example of a music icon gone too soon. i remember as a young teen singing and dancing to her first record with my friends in our bedrooms. I agree with you that her life took a different path when she entered her relationship with Bobby Brown, and not for the better of her. I too feel for her daughter. I did not realize that she also was battling addiction, although I am not surprised. I too hope that she learns from this. Thank you for this tribute.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      ytsenoh and jeyaramd - thank you for the kind comments. I loved listening to Whitney Houston. The song from The Bodyguard "I Will Always Love You" was originally sang by Dolly Parton - Dolly said at one time that she liked Whitney's version better. Her comment at hearing about Whitney's death was "Whitney, I Will Always Love You."

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      6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Whitney Houston at 48 is still very young. I adored her music back in the day. I especially enjoyed, the soundtrack from the move, the Bodyguard, "I will always love you.."

      Its been a while since I have heard anyone sing to that caliber. Her vocal range and voice was phenomenal. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute. Great hub.

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Very, very nice memorialization. I completely forgot about the Grammy's coming on this weekend. Very ironic and sad. I assume this will open a window for a musical tribute. Thanks for your hub.


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