Since the death of Whitney Houston on 11 February early this year there have been a lot of rumours, speculations and just damn vile gossips as to what could have led to her death. And until the autopsy report is made public – if not leaked – many will continue with their speculation, something that seems to have taken over the image of Whitney than the great musician she was.
Of course Whitney had come across great challenges in her life: abusive marriage to Bobby Brown, drug problems that her mother apparently even forced her into rehab and financial problems as a result. Since her death over the weekend there have been many reports – obituaries rather, some good and some terrible – doing the rounds on the internet.
According to the Guardian Whitney was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a musical family. She is the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, a cousin of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. Whitney began her singing in her church choir at the age of 11, and as a young teenager she occasionally performed at her mother’s concerts. Her voice attracted attention, and when she was 15, she and mom sang backup on Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit I’m Every Woman, according to the Guardian.
The controversial and tabloid The Daily Mail claimed that Whitney had not died after drowning in a bathtub as had been widely rumoured but that she died after mixing a cocktail of Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol. Quoting the gossip website TMZ, the tabloid said one of the Los Angeles County Coroner officials told Houston family there was not enough water in her lungs to conclude she had drowned in her hotel bathtub, concluding that she died before her head went under water.
The report said this came just after it emerged that her daughter allegedly fell asleep in a bathtub in the same Beverly Hilton hotel just 24 hours before her mother died. It further claimed security was even called to unlock the door and to help the 18-year-old. According to the tabloid, there are fears that her daughter might be suicidal after she was rushed to hospital twice in the 24 hours following the discovery of her mother’s dead body in the bathtub.
As said earlier – these are just rumours and will continue be until autopsy report is made public and confirms or rejects them.
The death of Whitney did not only affect us her fans, but that it also touched her apparently abusive former husband, Bobby, who was in Nashville at the time of her death and his daughter’s trips to the hospital. Message of support came in flooding from all over the world.
The Daily Mail had compiled a list of message from many of those who worked with Whitney and those who are in the music industry, including: Dolly Parton, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, and Paris Hilton. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thanked Whitney for “the amazing music you brought into the world”.
Yes, Whitney was not perfect, not a saint or an angel. And neither are we those who are now judging her for the life she lived, especially towards its end. She had her problems just like all of us and had her own ways of dealing with them – ways many of us might not approve of. Therefore she should be remembered for the great artist she was and a marvelous and beautiful voice she had – one that will left as a treasure to remember her with. Forever.
During her lifetime – unlike many of her critics – Whitney achieved the following, among others:
- Sold over 200 million albums worldwide
- Became the first female artist to debut an album at No1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart
- Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female artist of all time
- Won six Grammy Awards and was nominated twenty-six times
- She was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and
- Appeared in four films, including 2012′s Sparkle with Jordin Sparks.
And to her daughter – she needs to be strong, she is not alone. Your daddy, granny and two uncles from your mommy’s side are therefore ya.
As I said on my Facebook status following her death:
“To Whitney Houston’s critics – and those obituary writers – do not let her drug problem over-cloud her great work and achievements (she probably lost) and ONLY focus on her problems. Like many of ya’ll – she was a mother, and a sister, too, to many. To us her fans – she was and will continue to be a great artist and a role model too. Whitney was our female Michael Jackson. Oh, her music will now start flying off the shelves like never before. It’s become tendency of a late artist”.
I also mentioned that:
“Born in 1963 – the same year as my mom, but only 4 months older than her – Whitney Houston lost her life, sadly, 6 years and 5 months after my mom. #SadStories, #SadMemories, #Formidablewomen”.
May the Soul of Whitney Houston rest in peace…