Whitney Houston Dead at 48 …Update: Last Known Photos of Whitney …Update: Bobby Brown Sobs on Stage

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 one of the last known photos of Whitney Houston from Thursday night.

Here’s another photo from Thursday’s party.

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.

UPDATE: Bobby Brown just went on stage in Mississippi tonight with New Edition and performed for an audience.

UPDATE: After performing a few songs with New Edition tonight in Mississippi Bobby Brown broke down and had to leave the stage.

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  • Bill Mitchell

    And now onto some other completely unsurprising news…

  • Militant Conservative

    Drugs or a beating no surprise here

    Sad really.

  • Mad Hatter

    What a shame. 48 years young. 24 was mid life for her.


  • squeaky

    [Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would..]

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Bobby Brown was the worst thing that could happen to her.

  • FurryGuy

    Whitney Houston, yet another name to add to the list of celebrities that fame, drugs, and money ended up destroying.

  • Dave-O

    I blame Bush.

  • http://primeswormhole.blogspot.com/ Locutisprime

    No one saw that coming. right….. Another life ended early by drug abuse.

  • bigkahunha

    I am guessing they had her obit. written years ago.

    No more hearing about her drug problem, beating problems and money problems.


  • workingclass artist

    this is very sad

  • Mad Hatter

    She was at a L.A. nightclub last night, and looked like she fell off the wagon.


  • donh

    Maddona’s egyptian Anput goddess of the dead halftime ritual claims its first celebrity suicide.

  • Mad Hatter

    Correction, she was at a pre Grammy party.

  • Spartan

    I hope she has finally found peace? Perhaps the most profound song came from her last album? I Look to you. The words have so much meaning now.

    Thank you Whitney. May you rest in Peace!!

  • Fionnagh

    Beautiful woman, beautiful voice. Way too young to leave.

  • lizzy84

    Remember this?

    Whitney Houston: Star Spangled Banner


  • Fionnagh

    #16 You beat me to it – glad someone else also remembered!

  • Patty

    Rest in Peace, I am sure the angels just love her. A beautiful voice and before she got caught up on drugs and the grips it has on you, her voice, no one came close to her.

    Now she is at peace, I pray for her daughter.

  • aprilnovember811

    She destroyed her own life. I heard she had emphysema.

  • Sasja

    I will never understand why anyone travels that road which eventually leads to self-destruction.

    I hope people remember you as you once were; not what you became.

    I pray you are in God’s merciful embrace.