These days, it seems like the world’s most famous entertainers live the high life, albeit a really short one. We have rappers getting killed at a young age, we had Michael Jackson pass away a few years ago, and even other music giants like Elvis Presley died just barely after their prime ended. I doubt it was in Whitney Houston’s best wishes to join their ranks, but unfortunately, earlier this morning, she did.
Officials announced the singer’s death after her body was found at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. The reason for her death is currently unknown, and is still being investigated, but this sudden news has already sent reverberations all over the country. She’s been on the receiving-end of accolades from various other figures in the music industry, including her own Godmother Aretha Franklin.
“I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy (Houston’s mother), her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown),” Franklin said, paying tribute to the now-deceased Houston. Other figures have also jumped in, such as Quincy Jones, who claimed, “She was a true original and a talent beyond compare.”
I myself was not a follower of her music, but her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” that she sang at the Super Bowl XXV has gone down as one of her defining moments, as well as one of the top moments in NFL history. If anything, I think that we, as a nation, owe it to her to listen to that track at least one final time.
Written By Todd