February 11th, 2012. will forever mark a dark day for music fans everywhere, as one of the greatest voices of our generation has passed away. Whitney Elizabeth Houston has died in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
According to her Publicist Kristen Foster, who made the announcement on Saturday, February 11th. The cause of death appears to have been by drowning. No confirmation on how, but speculations may point to some form of medication that rendered her unconscious. Meanwhile news of her sudden untimely passing has shaken both the music and film industry, leaving celebrities expressing their heartfelt condolences for her passing and anger towards certain events continuing to take place without regard of the event.
The industry’s Reaction:
Many celebrities issued public statements responding to Houston’s passing. Singer/actress Dolly Parton, whose song ‘I Will Always Love You’ was covered by Houston in 1992 which was featured in the film ‘The Bodyguard’ said in a statement “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’” meanwhile Houston’s Ex-husband, Bobby Brown was reportedly “in and out of crying fits” after receiving the news of his Ex’s passing. He did not cancel a scheduled performance following that night, but audience members in Mississippi reported having seen Brown blowing kisses skyward, tearfully saying “I love you, Whitney.”
Houston godmother, Aretha Franklin, commented on reading about her death “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen,” Meanwhile CBS’s ‘2 Broke Girls’ star, actress Kat Dennings, voiced her disgust over hearing word of the Beverly Hilton carrying on with their party event only hours after the singer was found lifeless in her hotel room: “Why the FUCK is the party at the Beverly Hilton still happening tonight? Tacky and disrespectful.”
Following the news of her death Ken Erhlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards, announced that Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Houston at the awards. He said: “Event organizers believed Hudson, an Academy Award winning actress and Grammy Award winning artist, could perform a respectful musical tribute to Houston.” Erhlich than went on to say: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”
It was reported during Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards Singer/Actor LL Cool J, whom also hosted the awards reminded audience members and those tuning in that “tonight we celebrate music, and we celebrate Whitney.” He then went on to say “We’ve had a death in the family,” he then started the show with a prayer for Houston and a clip of the music legend singing ‘I Will Always Love You.’
It’s still a very surreal feeling writing about her death, not in a million years would I ever imagine I’d be sitting here writing about the unfortunate passing of a talented individual such as Whitney Houston, it’s just something you never expect to do… I cannot say I was a major fan of Houston’s music because in all honesty I wasn’t. I enjoyed a great deal of her many great memorable hits but aside from that I never followed her career as closely as some did.
However, one very vivid memory in particular I remember about the singer was the first time I heard Whitney Houston sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was six years old at the time and though I didn’t understand half the meaning behind the lyrics, her unique voice sent chills running down my back when she hit the high note towards the end of the song. The intensity of her mezzo-soprano vocal range was beyond incredible; it truly was a one of a kind voice.
While a dark cloud was cast upon her image by various groups of the media in the later part of her life due to her constant struggle with substance abuse, she leaves behind a legacy of artistry that reached out and touched the hearts and minds of millions across the world. It’s greatly disappointing that over the course of the next few months the only thing on people’s minds (due to mass reports by mainstream media outlets) of Ms.Houston will be speculations and rumored gossip over her death. This is most distressing because we should be celebrating the life she lived and the legacy she left behind rather than the gloomy image painted of her by others in later years. In all honesty we’ve all done our fair share of regrettable mistakes in life; no one goes Scott free from that sad fact. But it’s not the mistakes we do in life that echo’s into eternity. It’s the good we’ve done and the lives we’ve touched along the way that will live on forever.
August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012
Extra Tidbit: In her career Whitney Houston was nominated for a grand total of 562 Awards in her lifetime. She Won a total 415 of them which includes six Grammy Awards over the course of 14 years.