Whitney Houston had the world in her hands at one point in her life.  She was on top of the music world.  She won tons of awards, made movies, had one of the most powerfully majestic singing voices a person would ever want to hear.  There was nothing synthesized about it, nothing auto-tuned, nothing nasal like a throw-away Rebecca Black “Fridays” tune that turns her into a household name overnight.  With Whitney Houston, it was singing the way singing should be.  For Whitney, it was all natural.  It was golden.

She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos.  She had the looks of a top fashion model.  The woman was a superstar, in every sense of the word.  She had it all.  She also ended up having some serious addiction problems.  And on Saturday, she was found dead in a hotel room at the all-too-young age of 48.

This is one of those great tragedies that occasionally strike the music world, and all too often the tragedies are tied in some way to some kind of addiction.  Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Amy Winehouse, country music star Keith Whitley (whose death was believed to be due to alcohol poisoning) … the list is just too long.

So much talent, such bright futures … all wasted.

We don’t know as of this writing exactly what caused Whitney’s death.  But the tragedy is felt far and wide.  And all we can do is remember some of her greatest moments, and think about what could still have been left of a marvelous career that touched the lives of millions around the world.

Rest in peace, Whitney.

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