Whitney Houston, giant R&B singing superstar, has died
Whitney Houston, the enormously talented R&B and pop superstar voice for the past twenty-plus years, died yesterday.
Ms. Whitney's career was filled with album sales in the millions, three Grammys, and movie roles. In 1992, she co-starred in The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. In 1993, the movie's soundtrack album (which sold 17 million copies) and her iconic cut, I Will Always Love You, won Best Album of the Year and Best Record of the Year respectively.
As her life unraveled -- stormy marriage to singer Bobby Brown, drugs, alcohol -- as lives so often do when enormous talent is fueled by endless wealth and over-zealous fans with an insatiable need for every last detail of the lives of celebrities, her voice took a beating. Her private struggles were public fodder for the tabloid grind machine.
Social media blew up Saturday and Sunday as the news dominated the web. Her breathtaking performance of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl has gone viral again. The Whitney Houston tragedy was the Top Ten trending hashtags, spurred on by the timing of her death which was on the eve of the Grammys.
Houston, who was found dead in her Beverly Hilton hotel room, was just 48 years old.