As people come to terms with the news of Whitney Houston‘s death, music artists are reflecting on the fact that another light has been switched off on a talented voice!
The I Will Always Love You chart-topper was pronounced dead by paramedics at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 3.55pm yesterday (11th February, 2012) after she was unresponsive to attempts at reviving her. She was 48 years-old. Reasons for her death have not yet been confirmed, and her body was identified by family and friends, according to TMZ.com. No suspicious circumstances have been cited.
Houston was staying at the hotel ahead of a planned performance at record executive Clive Davies‘ pre-Grammy party, which took place last night, and she was seen partying and drinking with friends on Friday night (10th February, 2012).
Hours after her death her 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, tried to see her mother’s body but was denied access by police. Dionne Warwick turned up some hours later and she was also denied access, but it is not yet known why.
From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists, wowing audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals. Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits such as ‘The Bodyguard‘ and ‘Waiting to Exhale‘.
Houston 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 her.
On news of her death, Christina Aguilera tweeted:
“We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney’s family. She will be missed.”
Rihanna simply said:
” No words! Just tears #DearWhitney”.
LaToya Jackson echoed may sentiments, by saying:
“I can’t fathom the fact that #whitneyhouston has died! My heart goes out 2 her mother, daughter & her love ones. #Whitney U will be missed!”
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said:
“Deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston … may she rest in peace.”
Music producer and ‘American Idol‘ judge Randy Jackson was also stunned to hear the news:
“Wow I am devastated. the world has lost another one of the best voices in history. RIP whitney houston, so fortunate am I to have worked with u, and have u touch my life. may god bless this family.”
British band Culture Club star Boy George said:
“Whitney is dead, OMG, I’m so heartbroken. You were amazing and I hope you have found peace! X”
Music producer Quincy Jones also reflected on shocking news:
“I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing. Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.”
From a personal perspective, Whitney Houston was indeed an inspirational talented artist. Growing up with her music in the 80s and 90s, I can’t help but think that her songs have been engraved into my own life and I have no shame in saying that I’ve always been a fan. For now, my thoughts are with her family and friends on this sad day.
Whitney Houston - I truly hope you can now R.I.P.!