RIP Whitney Houston

February 12th, 2012 at 4:27 pm by David Farrar

AP report at Stuff:

, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behaviour and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told KABC-TV that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

I loved her music. What a huge loss to the music world.

It is very rare for a 48 year old woman to drop dead of natural causes, so sadly it will probably transpire it was an avoidable death.

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30 Responses to “RIP Whitney Houston”

  1. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    I couldn’t stand her pretentious warbling, but certainly sad someone so privileged can’t see that privilege, herself.

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  2. immigant (950 comments) says:

    ‎’It’s hard to choose a favourite among so many great tracks, but “The Greatest Love of All” is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instils one with the hope that it’s not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it’s impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It’s an important message, crucial really. And it’s beautifully stated on the album.’

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  3. Michael (909 comments) says:

    I remember all the tabloid stuff in the 90s about her cocaine addiction – that can’t have improved her health at all. But she was one of the great artists of the 80s when I was a teenager, so her loss is something that will touch our generation.

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  4. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    For me “I will always love you” would be her signature song but it was Dolly Parton’s, who made a very kind tweet in honour of Miss Houston about this song.

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  5. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    @immigrant, you’re not channelling Patrick Bateman are you?

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  6. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    Was never a fan, but I still rate Houston’s rendition of the American National Anthem as one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever seen. Context: Superbowl XXV during the 1991 Iraq war:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llFZT6CTXz8

    Hard to watch without getting a lump in the throat.

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  7. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Media making far too much of this. This should not be leading the broadcasts , it should be in the entertainment section.

    Pathetic, shallow and celebrity obsessed world.

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  8. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    immigant – you actually own a Whitney Houston album? More than one?

    LOL

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  9. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Assuming it’s drugs, this is probably going to make drug overdoses an appreciably less cool way to die. Like how a slang expression is over when your uncool parents start using it.

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  10. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    I loved looking at the lady while listening to her.

    A beautiful lady with a beautiful voice.

    Unfortunately the voice died before the lady but I’m sad to read of her death.

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    The only thing natural about this death will be,- naturally your heart stops with a heroin overdose.

    Not forgetting she starred in one of the worst movies of all time – The Bodyguard
    DPF your VHS, DVD and Blue Ray copies will be worth something

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  12. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    As I mentioned in general debate, Whitney Houston’s music was not my thing. The ’80s for me was high school and university so my musical tastes were The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, Flying Nun bands, The Cure etc but I appreciated her amazing voice.
    I couldn’t stand “The Greatest Love of All” which is what they are playing on the news as a tribute to her. I still don’t like it.
    At the time I tolerated (but now I like) her version of a Dolly Parton song “I will always love you” (I think that’s what its called??). She made it her own, much like Sinead O’Conner did in the ’90s with the Prince song “Nothing compares 2 U”.

    (By the way The Smiths are still one of the best bands ever!)

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  13. Tautaioleua (305 comments) says:

    :(

    She was ruined by her husband.

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  14. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    Her passing evokes many wonderful memories of friends and great times. Tragic and so sad that such a wonderful icon of the music industry would die in such a tragic way. RIP

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  15. David Garrett (7,284 comments) says:

    Some very hard bastards on here! “The Bodyguard” the worst movie of all time Pauleast? Clearly you never saw Bruno Lawrence in “The Quiet Earth” or anything “starring” Sylvester Stallone.

    As someone said above, a beautiful woman (in her day) and a beautiful voice (ditto) – but neither were in evidence by the time of her disastrous tour downunder in 2010…

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  16. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    drugs, drugs, drugs……………..

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  17. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    When the script was first written in the 70s it was intended for the great Steve McQueen, when that fell through they downgraded to Ryan O’Neal, and finally sank so low as to cast Kevin Costner.

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  18. David Garrett (7,284 comments) says:

    Nah, Costner was bloody good….get in touch with the feminine side lads! It was a bloody good movie, and Whitney was hot in it….

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  19. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    Costner and bloody good in the same sentence? *wrinkles nose* And good evening David. Whitney was hot in Bodyguard though.

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  20. Dave Mann (1,222 comments) says:

    Normally I couldn’t give a fuck about what I think of as stupid self-obsessed yank ‘celebrities’…. but this woman was different. A real beauty with a wonderful voice who could act too. Although the tabloids must have always been on the lookout for a ‘story’ on her, I never got the impression that she played up her celebrity status and she always seemed dignified somehow, despite her problems. I was sad to hear about her death.

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  21. David Garrett (7,284 comments) says:

    hellow Wahine….well said Dave….

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  22. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Ok getting off topic here, but David how could you get it so wrong!!
    “The Quiet Earth” is a NZ film that is highly regarded both here and internationally as a superior example of the sci-fi genre. It figures in the popular book “1000 Movies You Must See Before You Die” and Bruno Lawrence is New Zealand’s best actor. He was superb in “The Quiet Earth”, he carried the first half of the movie by himself.
    Clearly you are lacking in taste and culture (or do you suffer the kiwi cringe of seeing New Zealand movies and/or hearing NZ music). Regardless, I now insist you see this brilliant film again along with “Smash Palace” for an extra bit of appreciation of Lawrence.
    And “Rocky” (the first one) is a very good film and to a lesser extent “First Blood” (Rambo I) is pretty good too.

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  23. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    This cracked me up:

    http://i.imgur.com/qqXs1.jpg

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  24. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Costner and bloody good in the same sentence? *wrinkles nose*

    Open Range was a damned good Western. Directed by Costner as well.

    As far as Houston goes – another 1%er taking too many drugs. Boo hoo. I don’t give a crap about another dead junkie no matter how they warbled in life.

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  25. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Typically the reaction from fair-weather fans/media is completely over the top…
    While a massive talent and a huge star in the 80s Whitney Houston hasn’t done anything of note except smoke crack for the past ten-fifteen years (although her nose falling off did make minor headlines..). So to see people (who I guarantee wouldn’t even have acknowledged to owning a Whitney Houston record two days ago) in tears now bleating on about “she was the greatest singer ever” and “my inspiration” blah blah seems a little pathetic.
    Greatest singer ever?? ..She wasn’t even the second best singer in her family..

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  26. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    And David- Rocky (1976) won three Academy awards including Best Picture….not only did Stallone star in it but he wrote the screenplay. Brilliant stuff Sly!

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  27. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    I’ve never denied my Whitney albums. One of the greatest singers of all time.

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  28. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Stallones Expendables is THE movie of the last decade.

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  29. moaningmoa (68 comments) says:

    It is indeed a sad loss, though she was not really my taste in my music, she was undoubtedly an amazingly good singer.

    That said, is anyone else already utterly sick of the the constant playing of “I will always love you”, I think I am nearly ready to poke out my own eardrums to escape it.

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  30. wolfjung (59 comments) says:

    Most memorable act was Serge Gainsbourg saying to a Talk host live on french tv, that he wants to f*%k her, talk host naturally was reluctant to translate into french for his audiance. Otherwise I don’t really recall much of her music.

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