Celebrities, friends, and fans around the world reacted with grief, shock, and sadness on Twitter to the news that singer Whitney Houston died Saturday night. Miss Houston was 48.
Houston, one of the most talented, famous and respected singers throughout the eighties and early nineties, had seen her career spiral into a dull and disappointing shadow, during her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, and a long history of drug use and sometimes bizarre behavior. But friends and fans have not forgotten the gift of music she gave to us, and quickly tweeted their sorrow and shock.
Current prince of pop Justin Beiber tweeted: “Just heard the news. so crazy. One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. May she rest in peace…” Author Jackie Collins tweeted: “Whitney Houston is dead. A beautiful and talented woman. RIP Whitney.” Russell Simmons: “deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston…may she rest in peace.” From Kris Jenner: “So sad that Whitney Houston died…., praying for her daughter and her family….tragic, just heartbreaking…amazing talent, amazing voice.”
Whitney Houston was in the Los Angeles area for a tribute for music executive Clive Davis last week. Miss Houston, who performed and spoke with reporters earlier in the week, died on Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel. An investigation into her death is underway.
And the tweets keep coming. Fellow pop singer with a voice to match hers in range and then some, Mariah Carey tweeted: “Heart broken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Miss Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”
Miss Houston’s performance of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl so affected listeners it turned “The Star Spangled Banner” into a number one hit for the first time. For this fan, who is the same age as Miss Houston and watched her star rise on the emerging MTV, watching and listening to her belt it out was the best reminder of the joy and love of music she gave to us all.
Watch it two times full screen and see if tears don’t come to your eyes. RIP Whitney. We will miss you.