An extraordinary talent and gave us the best national anthem rendition of all time. A troubled, talented soul, may she rest in peace

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told KABC-TV that Houston died in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony.

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  1. TX Soldier254 says:

    What a Waste, period.

  2. TheresaMC says:

    TX Soldier254 I had the same thoughts! So sad!

  3. Trish S says:

    What a voice! What a shame!

  4. aardvark says:

    I pray someone else — who still has a chance — thinks twice.

  5. Timbo says:

    What a tragedy and a waste…. A Talent for the ages, a timeless voice. We all saw it coming…but still it is a heartbreak to see. Rest in peace.

  6. iris354 says:

    She sings with the angels now. RIP, prayers for her daughter.

  7. Marni says:

    Watched Whitney’s national anthem yet another time. Gives me the chills and brings a tear to my eyes. It is 3 minutes of magic- from her red, white and blue outfit to the voice to the flyover – perfection.

  8. Phylliss1 says:

    I listen to her Star Spangled Banner regularly and it makes me cry every time. Such a shame….her talent and voice were truly incomparable.

    Tammy was talking about how we no longer have movie stars. The loss of Whitney makes me think we no longer have any true singers in popular music who can sing well and interpret a song without over-singing and “showing off.”

  9. FrankRemley says:

    This is horrible. Just horrible.

    RIP, Whitney

  10. jmm says:

    Loved her music!! Great arists went before her Garland, Jackson and now Houston. All under 50 just to mention a few. I agree with Phylliss1.

  11. radargeek says:

    This is so sad. She had it all. Wished she got out of LA (or wherever she lived), the negative posse that clinged to her, and the drug crowd. Poor soul; God bless her beautiful soul.

    • KCBob4Tam says:

      Speaking as an addict with 4 1/2 years clean. She could have been on the moon and still been using. Your enviroment plays a part but addicts do what they do best – lie, manipulate, deceive, etc – wherever they may be. Hangers on, “friends”, and even family can aid in enabling but in the end there is no one to blame for their actions but themselves. Everyone seems to remember the voice and the talent but that person has been gone for a long time. I feel for her family and those that loved her. Now she may finally have some peace.

  12. TX Soldier254 says:

    My Epilogue to this tragedy is;
    Self-Destruction has No Bounds when your only Faith Lies in Your World Around.

  13. ShArKy666 says:

    she was the typical talented artist who had no self esteem, got into violent relationships, did drugs…DIED…it’s a common pattern, and i think rihanna will follow in the same footsteps, unless she cleans up her act also…

  14. midget says:

    Whitney was a prayerful person and I hope she finally rests in the “everlasting arms”.

  15. LJZumpano says:

    Mama brought her in to this world, and nurtured the beautiful voice and talent God bestowed upon her. Mama tried to give her good advice, and felt her heart get pierced each time her child strayed. Mama will see to it that this child of God has a proper burial. And my heart aches for Mama.

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