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We Say Goodbye to the Musical Icon: Whitney Houston 1963-2012

We say goodbye to the musical icon whose melodic voice and regal nature wooed the world into loving her. Whitney Houston who died at 48, was a brilliant entertainer, captivating her audience in anything she touched be it singing or acting.

This a tragic end for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone and tens of millions more worldwide. Houston was destined for greatness having been the product of a musical dynasty. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960’s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. She wowed audiences with a powerful and peerless voice that emanated from the black church but was packaged with pop artistic range and characteristics.

She started and then stayed on the top of the charts from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Her 1985 debut, Whitney Houston,  sold millions and spawned one hit single after another, staring with “You Give Good Love.” “Saving All My Love for You” brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. “How Will I Know” and “The Greatest Love of All” also became massive international hit singles. By the time Houston had completed her early assault on the Billboard charts in the mid-80s, she had broken the Beatles record for most consecutive #1 pop singles. Arguably her greatest musical accomplishments, however, came in the 1990s when she transformed a Dolly Parton single, “I Will Always Love You,” into her own and thus made The Bodyguard the greatest-selling movie soundtrack of all time.

When we heard of the passing of this wonderful star, as many, we were distraught, confused, angry even. We wanted answers!  A report has been given from her birth certificate. Whitney did not die from the alleged “drowning” as said by other publications. There is a possible notion that her cause of death is drugs, it isn’t confirmed as of yet since we await the results from her toxicology reports. Whitney is said to have drank heavily the night before her death — and investigators found multiple prescription drugs inside her hotel room, including Xanax and Amoxicillin.

In regards to those who are outraged about Clive Davis’ party not being canceled and continued shortly after news of Whitney’s death, there are a few factors here.  Although the party went on as scheduled it was quickly turned into a tribute to Houston. Davis spoke to those attending the party about Houston’s passing by saying at evening’s start,

“By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”

With the blessing of her family, Clive quickly turned the event to celebrate the legacy of that of Whitney Houston’s musicality, presence, gracefulness, and whole essence.

Whatever the cause of death is, we can not ignore the great loss it is for the fall of our dear Whitney. Her legacy will however live on. She will NEVER be forgotten. She will be spoken of for generations to come!

According to her death certificate, Whitney will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ — the same cemetery where her father is buried

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