We Have Lost Whitney Houston.

Very sad news. She was only 48. Her music was such a mainstay of my childhood.

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  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    She was 48? I’m 15 years older than that. I wonder which foot’s in the grave.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

    My thought was, “she was 48? I’m only 14 years younger than that—just how young was she when she was a superstar during my childhood?

    • http://cafeeine.wordpress.com Cafeeine

      Not that surprising. I wanna dance with somebody was when she was 24, and you were 10. At young ages a decade does a lot of difference.

  • magistramarla

    According to the HuffPost, she was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

  • Katkinkate

    Poor love. I hope she went quickly and didn’t suffer.

  • gwen

    Whitney burst on the scene as a 13 year old singer with an amazing voice. It is so sad to see her flame out so early.

  • http://aratina.blogspot.com Aratina Cage

    This is a terrible loss. Interestingly, as in the case of Michael Jackson, no illicit drugs have been found in the hotel room and neither was alcohol (according to TMZ). While they haven’t done the autopsy yet, it is likely that she simply fell asleep in the tub while on doctor-prescribed anxiety medication and drowned.

    • Adela

      She was clearly intoxicated on something the night before. Doesn’t matter if it was utterly legal booze a recovering addict can never be cavalier about their health for the rest of their days. Do enough damage with the illegal stuff and perfectly normal legal substances will do you in later.

    • http://aratina.blogspot.com Aratina Cage

      Provide evidence that she did some kind of damage to herself from illegal drugs that made her more susceptible to having a bad reaction from legal drugs or STFU.

      Anyway, it turns out they did find alcohol (beer and champagne) in the room and she might have had a bad reaction (heart attack?) from mixing alcohol with a prescription medication. It’s looking less and less likely that all these illicit drug overdose speculations being said and written about her have any relation to reality.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Story going around is she Xanaxed out and drowned in the bathtub.

    Whitney could at least hit hit pitches right and her adaptations and improvisations showed authentic skill. Much more than I can say for the female pop stars of today. Plus she made Dolly Parton a bunch of money.