Whitney Houston:Did Drugs Steel Whitney's Houston's Soul and Kill Her?
At one time Whitney Houston had it all; the fairly tale life of a princess. The public loved her, because of her sweetness and powerful, yet angelic voice that spanned three octaves. Her music topped the charts, and she sold million of albums, and eventually ventured into a movie career.
Then slowly drug use chipped away at her soul and crumbled her castle, and out of the rubble came a skinny, incoherent, erratic, disheveled women who could no longer sing.
Years later, while she was on her way to a possible comeback, her life ended abruptly, in a hotel in Beverly Hills. Her story, would have been so much more beautiful, and ended so differently had she never touched cocaine.
The World Met Whitney In 1985
Although Whitney's voice didn't tantalize the world's eardrums until 1985, she started her career as a child singing in church. Later, she sang backup for singers Jermaine Jackson, Lou Rawls and Chaka Khan. It wasn't until music mogul Clive Davis heard her perform at a nightclub in New York that a star was born. Part of her charm then, was that she could wear anything from T-shirts to formal gowns demonstrating her fun-loving style.
Whitney Houston's official website claims that she sold over 170 million albums world-wide. During that time, she released seven albums, three movies with an equal number of sound tracks. She won six Grammys, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Awards and two Emmys.
Whitney Set Records
Her 1985 album simply named “Whitney Houston,” sold millions and had multiple hits like “Saving All My Love For You,” “Greatest Love Of All,” and “How Will I Know.”
Whitney's follow up multi-platinum album in 1987 “Whitney” set a precedent as the first for any female singer to enter No. 1 in the Billboard charts. Her hits included "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
Whitney Houston Movies
What is your favorite Whitney Houston Movie?
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Whitney's third album released in 1990 was more R & B and included the hit “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”
The song, I'm Your Baby Tonight, started at number 22 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the song's second week, it jumped to the number 5 spot, and the following week peaked at number 3.
In 1991 Whitney Houston performed a moving rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl.
1992 - 1998
In 1992, she started acting and starred in "The Bodyguard," with Kevin Costner. Her version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," in that movie topped the charts for weeks and garnered her the best female pop vocal and album of the year.
In 1995 and 1996 she returned to the movie set for “Waiting to Exhale,” and “The Preacher's Wife.”
In 1998 she won the Grammy for best female R & B "It's Not Right But It's Okay."
I Will Always Love You
Whitney's Drug Abuse
Whitney Houston's spiral into drug abuse took a toll on her appearance and sucked the life out of her voice.
Whitney's Marriage And Daughter's Birth
In 1992 Whitney fell in love and married Bobby Brown. At the time, some thought she married him to dispel rumors that she was leaning towards the white pop culture rather than her black R & B roots. As a result, Whitney was booed at the 1989 Soul Train Awards.
In 1993 Whitney gave birth to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Whitney and Bobbi Kristina
Whitney's Marriage Was Destructive
Their union was tumultuous at best. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009 Whitney portrayed it as a turbulent and passionate marriage that was blemished by drug abuse, physical confrontations, psychological abuse and professional jealousy. The marriage ended in divorce in 2007.
The Drugs Took Over 2000 - 2012 Timeline of Whitney's Life
2000: Whitney was arrested in Hawaii for possession of marijuana, but the charges were later dropped.
2001: It was rumored she had passed a away after viewers were shocked by her astonishingly frail appearance at Michael Jackson's tribute concert.
2002: During an interview with Diane Sawyer, Whitney Houston admitted to using cocaine, prescription drugs, marijuana and alcohol but was adamant that she didn't do crack because crack was what she called "a poor man's drug".
2002: Her album “Just Whitney,” lashed out at the media and insisted her loyalty lay with her then-husband.
2004: Whitney entered rehab and returned later the next year.
2005: On her husband's reality show, her jittery appearance and crude behavior demonstrated her decline. She eventually left the spotlight for a couple of years.
2006: Her mom, Cissy Houston, performed an intervention, and a year later she divorced Bobby.
2009: Whitney came out with her album “I look at You” which eventually went platinum; it included her song “I Didn't Know My Own Strength.” She embarked on her “Nothing But Love Comeback Tour.” Most of her tour dates were sold out, but a lot of fans complained that her voice was no longer up to par, which led to some canceled shows. She couldn't get through the sets without frequent breathlessness and breaks.
2010: Whitney told Oprah that by the time the “Preacher's Wife” was released, drugs were and had been a daily habit for a couple of years. She would go to work and then do drugs, but claimed at the time of Oprah's interview; she was drug-free.
2011: In May, her battle continued, and she enrolled in an out-patient rehabilitation program.
2012: Whitney Houston is found dead in a hotel bathtub, by her assistant on February 11.
A Healthy Whitney in 2009
Was Whitney On Her Way Back?
Whitney's final performance was on Thursday February 9, 2012, and she was to perform again, the evening of her death on February 11th. She recently returned to the movie set to do a movie due to be released in August of 2012, called “Sparkle" and is based loosely on The Supremes.
Although she looked beautiful Thursday, you could tell that what was once a driving force in her life and her way of communicating with the masses - her amazing voice - had lost its shine.
Whitney Houston brought so much joy to the world and brightened the lives of anyone who heard her sing. Drugs took that light. More importantly it ripped apart a mother and daughter.
If you are even thinking about trying drugs, please remember Whitney Houston and all the others that have been stolen from us before their time.
It's a battle that can never be won. Drugs are a force stronger than any human can withstand.
Whitney Houston's Death
On February 11, 2012 Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel by her assistant.
How Did Whitney Houston Die? Coroner's Report said: Accidental drowning, cocaine use, and heart disease.
According to coroner officials, her death was caused by accidental drowning, but cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors.
Although Marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl were also found in her system, coroners did not contribute these drugs to her death, because the amounts were not significant enough.
However, the cocaine metabolites found in her system were listed as contributing to her death. The Coroner's spokesman, Craig Harvey says that the results indicated she was a chronic cocaine user.
How can her death be caused by drowning and a combination of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine?
According to an interview with professor Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, the fact that all these causes were flagged by the coroner suggest that an interplay of factors led to her death. To read more of Dr. Kobilinsky's interview and explanation, click the link below.
Did Drugs Steal Whitney's Houston's Soul?
Whitney's Last Performance
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"
It's no surprise that a greatest-hits album was released after Whitney's untimely death, and I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston was the first.
The album is an 18-track collection with two new songs - I Look to You," a duet with R. Kelly, and "Never Give Up." Although they’re great songs, the album concentrates more on Whitney’s big hits, which slightly takes away from their spotlight.
Along with the ultra-powerful hit, I Will Always Love You, the album captures her fun and emotional sides, as well. Other songs include:
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
How Will I Know
The Greatest Love Of All
Exhale (shoop shoop)
I Look to You
How Will I Know
This album is ideal for fans who love Whitney’s diva side, but not those who love her older hits.