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Unread 02-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Whitney Houston is Dead

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Just saw it on CNN. Wow.
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I remember the movie, "The Bodyguard" with her and Kevin Costner and the "I Will Always Love You" song in that movie that she took to such heights with her voice......
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I just turned on my computer and saw that! How sad! First Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. Both where so young.
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Amy Winehouse was the same age as me, 28. Whitney Houston was 48. I'm seeing reports that supposedly Ray-J found her in a hotel room somewhere in LA. We won't know the COD until after the LA crime lab performs a complete autopsy.
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Whitney Houston found dead

Very troubled life, now over. Source: Yahoo News

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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, has died. She was 48.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

News of 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 cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall 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.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.

Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," ''You Give Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.

Another multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included hits like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

The New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."

Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.

"Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?" she told Katie Couric in 1996. "You're not black enough for them. I don't know. You're not R&B enough. You're very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them."

Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop's pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.

But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.

"When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."

It would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America's sweetheart.

In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with "The Bodyguard." Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.

It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy's record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the "Bodyguard" soundtrack was named album of the year.

She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut "It's Not Right But It's Okay."

But during these career and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time "The Preacher's Wife" was released, "(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself."

In the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced in 2007.

Houston would go to rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in 2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.

She was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and jittery appearance on Brown's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown," was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she declared "crack is whack," was often parodied. She dropped out of the spotlight for a few years.

Houston staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album "I Look To You." The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would eventually go platinum.

Things soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on "Good Morning America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.

A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.
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I always thought she was beautiful. RIP.
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Amy Winehouse was the same age as me, 28. Whitney Houston was 48. I'm seeing reports that supposedly Ray-J found her in a hotel room somewhere in LA. We won't know the COD until after the LA crime lab performs a complete autopsy.
Yeah they are changing that story now saying he was no where near the scene.
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Amy Winehouse was the same age as me, 28. Whitney Houston was 48. I'm seeing reports that supposedly Ray-J found her in a hotel room somewhere in LA. We won't know the COD until after the LA crime lab performs a complete autopsy.
I never said they where the same age, I said we lost 2 singers that where young. 48 yo is young to me!!
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Looks like a repost. Mods, please merge with: http://www.alldeaf.com/general-chat/...ston-dead.html
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Looks like a repost. Mods, please merge with: http://www.alldeaf.com/general-chat/...ston-dead.html
They should actually merge mine with yours because your title is a little....."softer" so to speak
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It's a sad end to a sad story. Although she really had a lot going for her, there was a lot of trouble in her life. It really is too bad.
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I wonder where her baby is? I read nothing about the child.
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I wonder where her baby is? I read nothing about the child.
Well I read somewhere the baby was born in 1993 or 1997. That would make her quite grown. At least 15.
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I'm personally surprised it took this long. She was a hell of a singer though back when I could hear those tones. Hope she's in a better place now.
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OD on drugs, what a waste life. so sad for her family and fan.
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OD on drugs, what a waste life. so sad for her family and fan.
The of cause her death is still unknown.


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Tony Bennett said drugs should be legalize last night, after losing Whitney Houston , and Amy Winehouse.
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OD on drugs, what a waste life. so sad for her family and fan.
Maybe... We'll see...
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Rumour has it that she was taking Xanax, and that it caused her to fall asleep and slide under the water in her bathtub.
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That's sad. I learned about her death when I was doing tweets for my business early this morning.
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Tony Bennett Calls For Legalization Of Drugs In Wake Of Whitney Houston’s Death | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com


Tony Bennett said drugs should be legalize last night, after losing Whitney Houston , and Amy Winehouse.
It is prescription drugs she had been taking and they were out of control. Just alike Heath Ledger. Someone has to pay for this.
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Rumour has it that she was taking Xanax, and that it caused her to fall asleep and slide under the water in her bathtub.
Fans said they saw her Thursday night, she was up and down with her mood, first scream at guards then smile at fans. Xanax do that to people. Plus it is possible she takes more with other medicines. Police found several prescriptions so who knows what inside of her that kill, possible knocked her out and drown in bathtub.
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An overdose of Xanax may cause:

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Whether drugs were a primary or secondary cause in her death, I have little doubt they played a part. Such a sad waste. It's unfortunate that so many people that make it big and who seem to have every advantage need to make themselves feel "good" with drugs.
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Well I read somewhere the baby was born in 1993 or 1997. That would make her quite grown. At least 15.
Singer Whitney give birth her daughter in 1993 but her daughter is 18 years old its only child..
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it's time we legalize drugs so they would stop OD'ing
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it's time we legalize drugs so they would stop OD'ing
And take the stigma out of treatment centers.
It is sad to know that treatment centers for the deaf are almost non-existent.
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