Just seven months after we lost Amy, another incredibly talented icon disappears from our lives forever. Despite an unimaginable career that reached dizzying iconic status, yet another amazing star is brutally ravaged by the vice like grip of drugs.
Whitney Houston was and always will be one of the pioneering figures of popular culture and music. She undeniably paved the way for artists like Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, creating a platform for exceptionally talented female artists. As a black artist carving a career in the 80’s she defied the odds to emerge as one of the worlds best selling artists and America’s innocent sweetheart. Selling over 55 Million records in America alone, at the height of her career, she was untouchable. Despite her long and winding demise, Whitney Houston remained a legendary figure tinged with a cautionary tale.
In a cruel twist of events, Whitney’s death poses haunting similarities to that of Michael Jackson; a legendary figure defined by a tumultuous, controversial personal life, on the cusp of a major media comeback. It seems that phenomenal success often precipitates a vicious decline as drugs rob us of our icons. As she passed away on the eve of the 54th Grammy awards, Whitney’s death will cast an extremely saddening shadow over the event, with her passing sending shock waves throughout the world.
While it is too early to locate the actual cause of death it is undeniable that her battle with narcotics played a role in the untimely death of the 48 year old. I’d personally like to send my thoughts and prayers to her 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, who will have to navigate the rest of her life without a mother by her side.
Before the scandals, courts cases, the cocaine and meltdowns came the unbelievably beautiful vocals. A spine tingling vulnerability infused with an extremely powerful range, if anything remains of Whitney’s legacy, it is her stunning, unforgettable voice.
Bittersweet memories that is all I’m taking with me. So, goodbye. Please, don’t cry
In Loving memory of Whitney Elizabeth Houston, August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012