American singer and actress Whitney Houston, tagically died on the 11th February 2012, at the age of 48. The death of the Grammy award-winning star, who was one of the world’s best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, was confirmed by her publicist. News of the tragedy has left the entertainment industry and fans around the world in shock. The I Will Always Love You and Saving All My Love singer won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year, selling millions of albums and singles worldwide. She also carried her success into the film industry, appearing in hit movies including The Bodyguard.
Following the news, which came on the eve of this year’s Grammys ceremony, in which Houston was due to appear, Tributes have come pouring in, and fellow celebrities and contemporaries lined up to pay their respects.
These included Music mogul Simon Cowell, who said he expected tonight’s Grammys to become a tribute to the singer, describing her as a “trailblazer and “legend”, and continued by saying “I’m sure the organisers are going to move quickly and I understand and I expect this is to become, as it should be, a tribute to her because you have to remember a lot of the people who are going to be getting awards at the Grammys, they owe an awful lot of their success, I believe, to Whitney, because Whitney was a trailblazer. It’s a night she deserves to be remembered fondly.”
The music mogul added: “It is just really, really, really horrible. We all knew that she had issues and I last met her when she came on X Factor in England when she was doing her comeback album and you could sense at the time there were a still few problems, but she was a delight to work with on the day, she was very professional, she was kind to everyone around her, she probably wasn’t altogether there, but it was still Whitney Houston and you know that you are in a presence of a legend and I will never forget that day.”
He continued: “There are so few people like her in the world. They are a rarefied breed, these are true superstar, legendary divas and I say divas in the nicest possible way. She had one of the greatest voices I have ever heard in my life, ever. and also said Houston was the benchmark which contestants on his reality shows had always tried to reach and “We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time”.
Mitch Winehouse, the father of late British singer Amy Winehouse who died last year, also paid tribute to Houston and the recently deceased Etta James on the social networking site, writing: “Amy, Etta, Whitney. Their music will NEVER die. What a great girl group in heaven. Mitch”.
English record producer Peter Waterman also paid tribute to the singer, describing her an an “icon who dominated the 80s,” and that she “had one of the greatest voices of all time,”and said that her drug problems were “the tragedy of success.”
Showbiz journalist Dan Wootton also told broadcasters: “She will be remembered as one of the voices of the 1980s and 1990s. She as a powerhouse, but unfortunately for the last 10 years we have witnessed her slow decline.
“It’s something that no one would have expected. There are parallels to the shocking death of Amy Winehouse six months ago. You have to wonder what attracts these incredible voices on a path of self destruction that so often involved drug abuse.”
“I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing,” legendary music producer Quincy Jones said in a written statement.
Aspiring singer Joelle Moses, a contestant on the 2008 X Factor, said Houston was her main inspiration and influence, describing her as her “musical mother” and saying
“I’m just in shock – I can’t believe it, She was an incredible musician. I feel a lot of people wrote her off and thought she was washed out but personally I never felt that. Her voice was so incredible and so powerful and when you watched her you were so mesmerised by her performance because she sang from her heart.”
Whitney recently revealed that her life began to spiral out of control after her 1992 success in The Bodyguard, and the troubled singers death follows her slow decline over the past few years after Her career nosedived in the 1990’s and she had a well pubilicised battle with drug addiction. Despite spending various spells in rehab. Her powerful voice began to suffer because of her demons, her record sales also nosedived and in 2007 she also split from husband Bobby Brown after 15 years of marriage.
She was found in her hotel room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton late yesterday Detectives said paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm local time. The cause of Houston’s death is unclear, and detectives have launched an investigation, but have said there were no “obvious signs” of any criminal intent in relation to her death.
Whitney Houston was a true original, a talent beyond compare, and will be sadly missed.