Sunday, February 26, 2012
Whitney Houston Remembered as Great Musician, Crackhead
Houston was a multi-platinum singer whose powerful voice carried her up the charts throughout the eighties and well into the nineties. Known for her hit songs such as "The Greatest Love of All" and her roles in hit movies such as The Bodyguard, Houston's career plummeted in later years. During her marriage with R&B singer Bobby Brown, Houston fell into a pattern of alcoholism and drug abuse that hampered her recent comeback attempts. She admits to using marijuana, cocaine, Xanax, Valium, and later crack mixed with marijuana. On Sunday, Houston's body was found in a bathtub in her hotel room, surrounded by prescription pill bottles. Her drug use has been a persistent theme in Houston's memorials.
Fellow pop diva Mariah Carey issued a statement that read in part, "The world has lost a giant of pop music. What I will always remember most about Whitney is her beauty and outstanding musical skills. And, of course, Whitney being a boozy cokehead."
Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host who interviewed Houston about her drug addiction, said to ABC News, "Whitney died as she lived - surrounded by pills and drunk as a skunk."
At the 2012 Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson honored Whitney Houston by performing a rendition of Houston's signature song, "I Will Always Love You." At the end, she downed a whole bottle of vodka, snorted an ounce of cocaine, and tumbled off the stage. Those in attendance praised the performance as true to Houston's legacy.
Suzanne Evans, an audience member, later said, "It was like Whitney was right there with us again, and she was just as high as ever."
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