Publicist Confirms Death of Whitney Houston
The Associated Press is reporting that Whitney Houston, one of the world's best selling artists, has died at the age of 48, according to her publicist. No cause of death has been cited nor her location at the time.
Houston, who's records spanned from the 1980s through the late 1990s, took a deep dive for the worst after marrying pop singer Bobby Brown.
Her drug use and erratic behavior was very public during and after her married from Brown. The Associated Press put it best:
But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.
Houston sold more than 55 million records in the US alone and was an influential in the careers of other stars including Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey.
It's a sad story and one that can be embodied in Houston's hit single, "Didn't We Almost Have It All."