Busy Parent Briefing: Whitney Houston Dead At 48

Whitney Houston
Legendary singer Whitney Houston has died.

According to news reports, including the Associated Press, singer Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 on Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

USA Today reports that her publicist, Kristen Foster, confirms Houston died but there is no information as to how or why.

Wikipedia’s entry on Houston say she was the, “… most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records, and her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston is also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.”

This is so horribly sad. I remember hearing her voice for the first time in high school. I heard the song “Saving All My Love For You” on the radio and was captivated … blown away. I had never heard any voice like hers prior to that time and became a huge, huge fan.

She was married to Bobby Brown, and went through a well-publicized experience with drugs. She was in the midst of shooting a movie with Jordin Sparks called “Sparkle” that is set to be released in August of 2012.  One hopes that she didn’t lose her life to the terrible disease of drug addiction.

Houston is survived by her 19-year-old daughter Bobby Kristina.