According to various reports from american media outlets, earlier this sunday morning (Central European Time), Whitney Houston has died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

At her peak, the superstar 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 sold over 55 million records in the United States alone and more than 200 million worldwide.

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. Her talent and success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in Box office hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

But she fell victim to offstage demons, struggling with substance abuse issues.

The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” the singer once told Diane Sawyer, an American journalist, in a 2002 interview.

Today, the iconic American singer whose battles also included alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown has finally got the much needed rest that she deserves as a human being.

In addition to the sadness caused by her sudden death, her passing is casting a pall over the biggest weekend in music as the entire industry descends upon the City of Angels for this Sunday’s Grammy awards. And the ceremony promises to be the most somber iteration in recent memory. Tribute plans have not yet been finalised, but organisers will doubtlessly be working all this day long to incorporate a memorial aspect into a show set to include performances by Coldplay, Rihanna and Paul McCartney; all can be expected to honor the late star’s memory.

Here is a video about a heartfelt homage to Whitney Houston by an american tv personality.

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