Whitney Houston Is Dead at 48

Whitney Houston died today of causes not yet known. She was 48 years old.  

What a beauty. What a talent.

What talent – “The Greatest Love of All”

From a 1994 concert in Chile

Here is the last known photo of Whitney Houston from Thursday night.

Here are more photos of Whitney from the Thursday night party.

Her body is still at the hotel where she died. She was planning on attending a party tonight. According to the Wall Street Journal,

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen. …But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use.

Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

Whitney was found dead in a bathtub tonight by her brother. She was planning on attending a party tonight.