Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Greatest Loss of All: Whitney Houston dead at 48


It's perhaps the greatest loss of all.

Whitney Houston has died. She was 48.

The superstar songbird, known for her chart-topping hits like "I Will Always Love You" and "The Greatest Love of All," was found dead at a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death has not been determined.

Many regarded her as the greatest singer of all-time, and some even referred to her simply as "The Voice."

Her string of number one hits from her 1985 self-titled debut album quickly made the singer from Newark, N.J. a household name.

Houston also made a big splash on the big screen. She starred alongside Kevin Costner in 'The Bodyguard' in 1992 and the 1995 romance film 'Waiting to Exhale.'

Despite all of the success, Houston's demons soon sent the singer on a downward spiral. Her turbulent marriage to R&B bad boy Bobby Brown and her battles with drugs tragically dimmed her shining star. She would hit rock bottom and disappear from both singing and acting.

However, Houston made a comeback with "I Look to You" in 2009, but it was at that moment when we realized "The Voice" was gone for good.

She would never again be able to capture a crowd like she did singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991. She would never again be able to perform "I Will Always Love You" and send chills down your spine. She would never again conquer the charts like she did when she first arrived on the scene.

Her singing career was all but done.

Now, nearly three years after making a rocky comeback, Houston's name covers the marquee of the world famous Apollo Theater, where she shot the video for "The Greatest Love of All."

But her name appears as a reminder of the larger-than-life singer whose life expired too soon.

The marquee read: "In Memory of Whitney Houston A True Music Icon."

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I was able to see Whitney Houston perform at Central Park in 2009. Below are the videos:








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