As you probably already know, Whitney Houston passed away on Saturday afternoon at age 48. She was discovered in the bath tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Reports indicate that water was found in Houston’s lungs and that there may have been prescription drugs and alcohol involved.
Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken to the hospital on Sunday after suffering from a severe anxiety attack. Bobby Brown pulled out from performing a concert with New Edition to spend time with her.
To have lost two of the most celebrated female vocalists of all time (the other being Etta James) and the creator of Soul Train (Don Cornelius) all in two short months of 2012 is a hard and overwhelming hit for the soulful and groundbreaking part of the music industry.
Houston, a six-time Grammy winner, was goddaughter to Aretha Franklin, cousin of Dionne Warwick and daughter of Sweet Inspirations singer Cissy Houston who did backup vocals for everyone from Elvis to Hendrix.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston, once a New Jersey native, was the first female to have an album (1987’s Whitney) debut at number one.
She is also the only artist to ever have seven hot 100 hits in a row. It is indisputable that what she lent to music can not be undone or forgotten.
“I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15…Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.” – Beyonce
[Random fact: Whitney Houston’s rendition of the national anthem for Super Bowl XXV in 1991 was actually released as a single and received airplay. Hers was and still is often regarded as the best version of all time]