Whitney Houston, American Actress and Singer, has died at the age of 48. The I Will Always Love You singer passed away in her room at the Beverley Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Causes of death are yet to be confirmed but speculation is rife concerning the singer’s history of substance abuse. She is survived by her and Bobby Brown’s 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
We bid farewell to another icon, a mere few weeks after the death of the legendary Etta James. Whitney Houston had the voice that dominated the 80s and 90s and will continue to hit every note in generations to come. Many of us grew up with her music and others just fell in love with the way her voice mapped the trials and rewards of life and love. For lonely hearts, we have I Wanna Dance With Somebody, for heartache: I Will Always Love You, for soulmates: My Love is Your Love. She was an inspiration to many recording artists, including Mariah Carey, with whom she recorded the awe-inspiring When You Believe for the film The Prince of Egypt in 1998.
And let’s not forget her screen stardom, particularly in 90s favourite The Bodyguard. Covering Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You for the soundtrack earned Houston a Grammy award as well as confirming her status as one of the greatest female vocalists in history. Parton released a statement on the passing of the much-loved icon:
“Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”
TQS give Whitney a final standing ovation. In all her glory, here she is performing One Moment in Time at the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989: