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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Death of a Legend

 Legendary singer Whitney Houston passed away Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, CA.  She was discovered unresponsive in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel and pronounced dead shortly after.  Cause of death has not been established or announced and will be pending a toxicology report which could take weeks.  The Neward, New Jersey native was born August 9, 1963 and began singing early on in childhood with her mother, the famous Gospel singer, Cissy Houston.  She made an impression in her early 20's as a back up singer and her first album Whitney Houston which was released in 1985 was a smash hit, producing several hit singles.  She went on to star in the movie The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and the soundtrack to that movie was named one of the best selling albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.  Houston went on to have many other hit albums. She won six Grammys, 50 Billboard Awards, and numerous others.  She attained the status of international superstar. She met and married ex-husband Bobby Brown of New Edition at the height of her career.  The couple had one daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and divorced in 2008.  Houston reportedly suffered from drug addiction during her marriage to Brown.  She reportedly suffered relapses, but was thought to be clean during the days leading up to her death.  Her sweaty, disheveled appearance was noted as she left a party a few nights before her death, but many people at that event reported she had been dancing all night in the hot, crowded party.  The body of the singer was flown back to New Jersey yesterday and a private funeral service will take place Saturday.  No public memorial is planned at this time.

Here is Whitney Houston singing "I Have Nothing"

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