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Whitney Houston: squandered talent of a record-breaking singer who had it all
12 February, 2012
When she became a singer, Whitney Houston did not seem like the kind of person who would die young in a hotel room after years of drink and drug problems. At that time, heronly problem was that she seemed too innocent.
Everyone knew she had great talent: she had a voice that most people agreed was one of the best in the world. But her critics said her records wereuninteresting pop records, not new, interesting music. The problems in her personal life got more attention than her music, and in the end she was much more unpredictable than people first thought.People reacted to her death in different ways. Some people were shocked that she had died aged 48. Other people said they were sad but seemed less surprised. “We all knew she had problems,” said SimonCowell – he meant her problems with drink and drugs. Her body was found in the bath of her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. Medical staff tried to bring her back to life but they couldn’t, and shewas pronounced dead.
Some reports said that prescription pill bottles were found in her hotel room. They also said that she had looked untidy and confused when she left a Hollywood club after aperformance in the week before she died. The Los Angeles police said that they did not think that there had been a crime.
There were other famous singers in Houston’s family. Her mother was Cissy Houston,who sang on records by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and The Drifters; Dionne Warwick was her cousin. She began singing in a gospel church choir, and at 15 sang on Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit I’m Every...