Whitney Houston, power belter and music icon, has passed away. According to her publicist, Kristen Foster, the cause and location of her death is still unknown. She was 48.
With a career marked by classic hits such as “I Will Always Love You” and “Run To You,” Houston was one of the recording industry’s bestselling artists in the world during the 1980s and ’90s. Drug abuse and a tumultuous relationship with singer/husband Bobby Brown eventually took a toll on her personal life, causing a decline in music sales and her voice to become worn.
Houston continues to be esteemed as a major influence of many of today’s artists including Mariah Carey, Melanie Amaro and Britney Spears. Her landmark role in the 1992 love film The Bodyguard alongside Kevin Costner produced such well-known singles as “Run To You” and “I Have Nothing.” In 2001, Houston won BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
With the Grammy Awards tomorrow night, there is little doubt her legacy will be celebrated in a huge way.
Daps to: USA Today