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Whitney needed a Bodyguard

2012-02-14 12:26
The saddest thing about Whitney Houston's death is that no one's really surprised.

Even she knew "crack is whack".

The most-awarded female act of all time (in 2009 the Guinness World Records cited her with this honour) knew how to steer her career, but I think her heart got the better of her. She couldn't let go of bad-boy Bobby Brown and perhaps the crack was the only way she could cope with staying.

If only she had a real-life bodyguard...

While her death is most certainly related to her drug problems, is that what she would want to be remembered for, and do we wish to revel in it?

Instead, I'm watching YouTube videos of my favourite Whitney songs.

When I think of Whitney, I think of I Wanna Dance with Somebody. My first mixtape featured that song along with a lot of other really bad tracks I'd prefer not to mention.

Then there was The Bodyguard and I Will Always Love You. Whitney delivered Dolly Parton's iconic love song to a whole new audience and in some ways I think she inherited the track from Dolly. I would watch my VHS tape of this movie ad nauseum until someone "accidentally" taped an episode of Loving over it.

This is how I remember Whitney, and according to our homepage vote, most of you also remember her for her incredible voice and the hit songs.

Another celebrity, another drug-related death, another star gone too soon.

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To bittersweet memories,


Local is very lekker!

2014-01-31 11:38

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