Singer passes away, legacy remains


by Nicholas Whalen
Eagle Editorial Board

On February 11, 2012, the world came to a halt when American icon Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room in Beverly Hills.

The full cause of her death has not yet been revealed, however many speculate that she had overdosed on prescription drugs that were found in her room.

The American icon has had a stunning career as both a singer and an actress. She captivated the nation with great songs such as “I Will Always Love You” and she has starred in films such asThe Bodyguard.

Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey to an entertainment executive and a Gospel singer.

At the age of 11, Houston began to display interest in singing at her Church choir and she later learned to play the piano.

By the age of fourteen, Houston started singing background vocals for various artists which led up to her singing career. She released her first album in 1985.

By 1992, Houston tied the knot with R&B singer Bobby Brown, and the couple had a daughter the following year.

Houston also stared in her first film role in the hit movie The Bodyguard. She was nominated for a Razzie award for worst actress and worst on screen couple with Kevin Costner.

The film, however was a commercial success, opening more doors in the film industry for Houston.

Her film career grew towards bigger and better roles behind the screen as a producer to films such as the 1997 version of Cinderella.

She also starred as the lead role in Waiting To Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife, a performance for which she had received nominations in the Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress.

In 1994, Houston was named as one of the 100 most powerful people by Premier magazine.

The aspiring star however, fell from grace due to drug use as she would fail to show up to some performances. Houston had been caught with various drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. It was also confirmed that she was using these drugs with her husband.

In 2006, Houston filed for a divorce from Brown. The divorce was not final until April of 2007.

Two years later, Houston released a new album entitled I Look to You which reached number one on the Billboard 200. Despite the recent stroke of success, her performances were still not as well done as they had been before.

In 2011, it was announced that Houston would star with Mike Epps in a remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle. Production of the film was completed in late 2011, and it is currently set to release in August of this year.

Her memorial service on February 18 was attended by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and R. Kelly. She was buried the following day.