Whitney Houston: A great Artist, a Troubled Pop Star Dies

 

Right now, at the New Jersey Church, where Whitney Houston singing career first took flight, fans and admirers gathered on Sunday to celebrate the life of Whitney Houston and mourn her passing day after Whitney Houston died in Beverly Hills Hotel.

Apparently, cards and flowers were tied to the railings of the New Hope Baptist Church, and congregants hugged and cried at the entrance. Among those paying their respects was the Reverend Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist.

“The suddenness of it all leaves us traumatized,” said Jackson, who watched Houston grow up and sing at New Hope. It was this large but modest looking, red-brick house of worship on a quiet backstreet near downtown Newark where Houston’s career began as a soloist in a gospel choir in the 1970s.

“We must lean on our faith. Our hearts are heavy today,” Jackson said.

Whitney Houston, who is soaring her voice lifter her to the top of the pop music industry whose personal decline was fuelled by years of drug use, died on Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills Hotel room. Houston was 48.

Houston was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said. “There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent,” he said.

The cause of death was unknown, said Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster.

The soundtrack for the hit movie in which she starred, “The Bodyguard,” was among the best-selling soundtracks in movie history.

By the early 1990s, Houston’s success on stage was accompanied by an increasingly troubled personal life. In 1992 she married singer Bobby Brown and their tumultuous 14 years together were marred by drug abuse and domestic violence.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

The last 10 years of Houston’s life were dominated by drug use, rumors of relapses and trips to rehab.

 

 

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