Whitney Houston Is Dead At 48: Let The Unkind Words And Gossip Cease
Ms. Whitney Houston is dead at the young age of 48; let the unkind words and gossip cease. Her story is well known: the records she sold, her beauty, her career as a model and actress, but foremost, her well-deserved reputation as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.
Due to technology, gossip is easy to access and even easier to spread. The rumors are swirling that Whitney died of a drug overdose or committed suicide. Yet, the cause of death is not yet known. Once it has been revealed, the salacious lust for the details on her demise will be satisfied.
Over the last several years, from prior to Ms. Houston divorcing Bobby Brown, up to the time she made a comeback on Good Morning America, judgments were made about her. How could she have stayed with Bobby Brown so long? Why did she allow him to ruin her life? Why did she take drugs? We know she was in pain, but we do not know the depths. How can we delve into the psyche of a woman we do not know?
After she released her last CD, "I Look to You," there was negative talk about the toll drugs and alcohol had taken on the purity of her voice. Yet, Ms. Houston forged on with her life and embarked on the "Nothing But Love World Tour" in 2010.
During the tour, online articles included sound bites from interviews with fans. One fan angrily stated, "She couldn't entertain a dead rat." Others emphatically cried out, "I want my money back."
While touring, Whitney said, "If the good Lord wants me to be attacked and ridiculed, that's the road I have to go down." Then, as now, I was deeply saddened and felt great empathy for Whitney. Surely, she knew her voice had been ravaged by abuse, and how frustrating it must have been for her--born to sing--but no longer able to do so effortlessly and flawlessly.
Undoubtedly, she knew how far she had fallen from grace in the eyes of her fans and that the song on her last CD, "Like I Never Left," was the cry of her heart to the public. She wanted those who claimed to have loved her at her peak to continue loving her after the mistakes she made. The last song Whitney sang publicly was "Jesus Loves Me." Hopefully, she truly knew she was loved by God and others.
When those who are enormously talented, gifted, rich, and famous fall, the world watches, and often laughs or judges. We would do better by showing compassion and acknowledging the affect our words and comments have on them and their families.
Perhaps Whitney Houston is at peace now knowing that God and her family who loved her at the height of her popularity continued to love her during her more recent troubled years. Her contribution and legacy to the world of music are sealed.
Ken Lombardi, "Whitney Houston 'Dreadful' Down Under", CBS Entertainment
"Whitney Houston Won't Stop Smoking", TVOneTV
This article has a copyright, 2012.
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