Whitney Houston dead at 48

© 2012 TANIA FUENTEZ MEDIA

© 2012 TANIA FUENTEZ MEDIA

Reports are developing as I type, but Whitney Houston has died at 48. Like the rest of the world, I cannot believe the news and sit here with tears in my eyes. So many memories of her storybook rise to fame and tragic battle with drug addiction and alcohol. She touched the lives of many people via her music, film and beauty. I offer up a prayer to yet another precious soul we have lost.

Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album Whitney was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She had more than 170 million combined album, singles and videos sold worldwide during her career with Arista Records. Sad news on the eve of the Grammys.

Recommended:

CNN article/video: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/11/showbiz/whitney-houston-dead/?hpt=hp_t1

NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/arts/music/whitney-houston-dies.html?_r=1&hp

Whitney Houston last public performance ‘Yes, Jesus Loves Me’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pIv4mpGQt8

‘Greatest Love of All’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S0oRfoR0Z0

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