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Recent years had seen Whitney less in the public eye, following her 2007 divorce. She released a comeback album in 2009 that topped the charts and went platinum, and she publicly proclaimed that she was winning her battle with drugs. Her voice had been badly damaged by the years of abuse, however, and she would later return to rehab.

Her death at the age of 48 has sent shockwaves through the music world, with stars paying tribute. Soul legend Aretha Franklin - Houston's godmother - said that the news was "stunning and unbelievable." Former husband Brown, currently performing with a reuinted New Edition, paid an emotional on-stage tribute, saying: "I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage."

Grammy Award show producers have confirmed that the show will be substantially changed to pay tribute to Houston, with singers Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan performing in her honour.

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Feb 13, 2012 9:01AM
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Whitney was in trouble ...  where were all her friends ????   Last night at the Grammy's they all tribute her but did anyone ever try and help ?? Bunch of phoney balonies ..  you will be missed Whitney, it's sad you had to leave us this way. When you're on top everyone loves you when you fall .. no one is there to pick you up.  A lesson for everyone. Be there for the ones you love.
Feb 12, 2012 4:07PM
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@ El Stinkenpants: I don't usually comment on people making rude remarks about celebrities, but your words are absolutely uncalled for. How dare you? No one is going to deny that Whitney was troubled- her drug habit wreaked havoc with her body and her voice. However, she was still a beautiful singer, and in the lives of many, she mattered, whether they were her fans, friends, or family. She made a difference in people's lives, and she was a human being who has passed away. Your comments not only show your callousness in regards to grief, death, and the meaning of human life, but also your ignorance. You're so busy making obnoxious remarks and commenting on people's incorrect usage of "angles", that you can't even spell "glycerine" properly. Maybe you should get yourself a spell checker and a sense of decency and respect before you go posting on the commenting section for articles.
Feb 12, 2012 11:07PM
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Good bye Whitney....may you be free of all of your demons now!!  to all who are making sad unfortunate and cruel remarks , how pure and without sins or vices you all are to  be able to pick up stones and throw them at someone who was just as human as we all are....We don't know what kinds of things drove her to act the way she did. So how can you be so mean?  I was not an avid Whitney fan, but she did touch lives, and she deserves respect as a child of God, just as we all do. 


Feb 13, 2012 1:18AM
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It was so sad to see the talented people that have passed away this year in the music industry on the Grammy's tonight.. many too young too and way too soon most in such a tragic way.. . may they rest in peace now free from pain , sorrow, etc.  Yesterday the world lost another Angel.. but Heaven gained one.. Whitney be in peace now..  my thoughts go out to your family and friends .. We Will Always Love You.. and despite all the talk in the media, etc. of your past problems the best fans will remember you with love only .. Jennifer Hudson did you proud tonight in her tribute Whitney..  not an easy thing to do in her sadness too.. God Bless always.. a Canadian fan who will remember you as a wonderful talented singer. 
Feb 12, 2012 11:28PM
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Simple Said Whitney..... as you sang the words over and over again in time."WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" Your Memory,Your true Vision and the Voice of Angles you shared will stay with us for eternity as we remember you...Hugs From Canada..  And God Bless Your Family and Friends as your Memory Lives on in them,
Feb 13, 2012 2:10PM
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We all have our demons and Whitney had hers. But please dont look at those entirely, look at the impact she had on the music industry over the years. This world needs more comfort, not fault finding. As it says in the bible, let he without sin cast the first stone. If you can do that. well great for you cause I know I cant, for we all have sinned and fall short of GODS glory. So stop complaining and take comfort in the good she did. We will miss you, I feel sorry for your family, you will be sadly missed by many.
Feb 12, 2012 5:57PM
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She will be missed by all of us up here in Canada as well no one could hit those hi notes like she could and hang on to them for so long we will all miss those for sure Rest in peace Whitney are payers are with you. 
Feb 12, 2012 12:49PM
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What sad new's How you died Whitney doesn't matter , what does matter is what you left us with and what an insperation you were to so many people through your movies and your music . you had a job to do and you did it well and now you rest . for those of us who loved you we will never forget you and you will live on forever in all of us .

R.I.P. pretty lady.

And THANK'S FOR THE MEMORIES

Feb 12, 2012 9:19PM
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@ Someone: I think you missed the point of what I was trying to say. Every human life has a value, whether they are a homeless crack addict or an entertainer. I am not excusing her drug use- as I said, no one is going to deny that the drugs badly impacted her voice and her body. I also agree with you: I'm sure that her habit must have negatively affected her relationship with others, including her daughter. Her drug use put her in a negative light in the public eye- if it didn't, no one would be making references to crack in their current commentary. The underlying message of my past post was that people should not be making sarcastic comments about the fact that she has died, or making light of her death- it's not right. She's a person, regardless of her history. We all make mistakes and poor choices, but that doesn't decrease the intrinsic value of our lives. Whitney loved, and she was loved. I don't think other people realize that if their loved one had died, they would not appreciate it if others were crassly referring to dark periods in the dead person's life.     

 

I only highlighted that poster's mistakes because he/she decided to take it upon himself/herself to mock others when he/she couldn't even proofread his/her own post.

 

You asked whether people's comments would be posted if Whitney was living on the streets, addicted to crack, and if she could not sing. In other words, would people comment if it was a homeless drug addicted individual who had died? I think a better question to ask is if our media outlets would even report it, which is another topic altogether. Thousands of tragedies happen everyday, and we have no knowledge about them.

 

I'm afraid your post is riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes. In fact, you would express yourself much better with some revision of the post- there are a lot of sentence fragments and missing question marks. Your spelling errors include "addiction", "naturally", and "her".

Feb 12, 2012 7:15PM
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Rest in Peace Whitney,.. We always LOVE YOU.. The lady with a GOLDEN VOICE.. So sad to see you are  gone.....this is not goodbye. this is just the beginning of you.. Being with 'GOD".. we don't own our life.. Thank you for sharing us your BEAUTIFUL SONGS.. You are always remembered..Our prayers go to the FAMILY.....
Feb 12, 2012 11:24AM
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The world is a saddened place without Whitney. Love you, miss you Whitney. Now you will sing with the Angles.
Feb 12, 2012 8:07PM
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A sadness that will shock many fans, friend's and her family. God has a beautiful Angel to sing in his garden. No one has a right to judge her for any reason why she lived or why she died. She will be missed by million's Sleep peacefully Whitney. I am saddened by this and my prayer's are certainly out to her family.God be with you at your time of sorrow.

Feb 12, 2012 1:21PM
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As said by the words  in  the song "We will always love you..."

Feb 12, 2012 1:25PM
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What terrible news to hear from such a lovely lady that made millions of people happy to hear her beautiful voice. You were so young and beautiful may you rest in peace and be happy with  the angles.  You will always be in our souls. Love you Whitney......
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so very sad to lose someone so young and so talented. she was love by all.
Feb 12, 2012 12:11PM
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Not my type of music but its sad when somebody with a voice like that and such beauty dies before her time.We probably will never find out the REAL truth but everybody is thinking what i am thinking about her death?! Eye-rolling When she was singing with a close up i could not take my eyes off of her.Embarrassed
Feb 12, 2012 12:54PM
Feb 14, 2012 8:09PM
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It has been one of the saddest days of my life learning about the death of Whitney Houston, her voice was so very pure and angelic...no one can touch her talents.. the angels now get to hear her voice and so does her creator... maybe he needed her for his choir up there... he lent her to us for a short time and now its time for return to him...

no one has yet said this and im sure ill get backlash from this but here goes... when Whitney Houston got involved with Bobby Brown that was the ending of her greatness... his influence and the exposure of drugs were right there for her to taste and somehow started to enjoy and party hard with him... im sure he's emotional about her death but he should ask god's forgiveness for influencing her that way and leading her down a dark dark road that is always hard to recover from... I hope U R Happy with Yourself Bobby... this never should have been..

Feb 12, 2012 3:51PM
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Whitney you will be missed...You are a Icon to alot of people in the World. Your MUSIC had meaning.You told many stories in your music. I know so many of your beautiful songs of by heart.You are and allways will be a beautiful,inspiring.keen,wonderful woman and mother,sister etc.You mean alot to me.Your will be played forever in my home in my car, iphone etc.I love you WHITNEY you are a Queen...xxoo my condolences go out to her family xxoo
Feb 14, 2012 5:52PM
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Whitney, God made you into a Super Star and your light is now shining for the entire world to see. Your voice and songs have brought me through broken relationships, crushes - ("there's a boy I know"), happy moments of dreams, aspirations, love and youth; your legacy will live on…..In the words of the late great legend, Bob Marley.... “I know a place where we can carry on”. You are in that place now….so carry on my soul sister, carry on…My thoughts are with your grieving family and close friends…I will pray for themNoteStarSleeping half-moonBroken heartNote

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