Whitney Houston remembered
Fans lay flowers and personal messages to singer Whitney Houston around Harlem's Apollo Theatre.
February 13th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Whitney Houston remembered

The death of singer Whitney Houston shocked many, and the outpouring of love for her has been memorable. Her fame as an artist, actress and model are well documented, but perhaps it is the touching stories by those closest to her that remind us of who she was as a person. The following clips move beyond the star, reminding us that underneath the glitz was a mother, daughter and friend.

Whitney Houston's death 'surreal'

Gospel singer Kim Burrell held a close relationship with Whitney over the years. She spoke to CNN about losing a good friend and “wonderful spirit.” Through her tears, Kim provides a touching tribute to the late singer.

Davis: I'm devastated by loss of Whitney

Music Executive Clive Davis may have discovered Whitney Houston but their relationship ran much deeper than mere business. Hosting his annual pre-Grammies party the day she died, Mr. Davis admits to the tragedy of her death and asks Sean Combs, Alicia Keyes and Tony Bennett to speak to how Houston personally touched their lives.

Bobby Brown: Pray for me

Whitney Houston had a tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband Bobby Brown, but perhaps his performance the night she died captures some of emotion once held between the two. IReporter Moshiu Knox captures one of the heartfelt moment on stage.

For more reaction to Whitney Houston’s death, head to CNN’s collection featuring reaction from fans, artists and critics around the globe.

http://cnn.com/video/?/collection/REMEMBERING_WHITNEY_HOUSTON

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  1. Andreas Moser

    Houston, you have no more problems.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Greggy V.

      I don't think that neither you nor the situation is funny. Independent of what kind of life she lead, this is a tragedy. She was the voice of my generation, a mother and a daughter.

      February 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PEDO-BEAR

    One less drug addict in the world. Darwin would be proud.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bwrits

      The anti-christ would be even prouder of you!

      February 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • midwestrngrl

      survival of the fittest my have a basic harsh truth, but humanities role is to soften that basic truth. We could live like animals I suppose and give no concern except survival, but then what are we but just animals. We are more if we choose to be. Compassion comes from higher thought. Try using it and quick sinking to the lowest denominator.

      February 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • msyellarose

      Wow, the concept of compassion really escapes you. While she may have had her own demons to deal with, she left behind a teenage daughter who may never heal.

      February 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      Pedo never learned the word "RESPECT"

      February 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike e

      It would be even better if we had one less PEDO.

      February 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. atypical

    you are no longer contained by your perimeters.
    here's to the adventure you are on now.
    thanks for sharing your spectacular voice.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      Well said

      February 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. adriana

    i cant believe they are such ignorant peoplel like andrea and Pedo! she was a mother to her child that now is suffering for her death, she was a daughter to her mother that now is suffering for her death. she was a person like you and i the only difference is that she made bad choices. You are not God to judge anyone, you are not pefect, you made mistakes just like everyone else does.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      And yet life goes on. Gotta go to work now. Have a good day all

      February 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Danny

    Tragedy? You need a dictionary. A TRAGEDY is a a hurricane killing thousands, or a young child being stricken with cancer. A tragedy is NOT a diva of the highest order, who lead a drudg-filled, self-indulgent lifestyle meeting her inebidible end.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • minx

      True. When was the last time she had a hit, anyway? And why is there 24 hour coverage?

      February 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greggy V.

      Per Merriam Webster: Tragedy

      a disastrous event : calamity
      misfortune
      tragic quality or element

      This qualifies as a traqgedy: True, the woman had her issues, but addiction is a disesase and she leaves a daughter and relatives in sadness and in pain. A talent that is no more.

      February 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Human beings can and do love each other in spite of our being imperfect.

      February 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Her end was inebidible?? What exactly does inebidible mean? Do you need a dictionary?

      February 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dimidrol

    The voice and talent pissed away out her own free will. Let's get real, she hasn't had a hit in 20 years and the last everyone remembers her by is being a drug addict. God bless her children, of course, but don't consider her a role model. Just another lesson of life, one of many

    February 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      Such ignorance. The world remembers her as a drug addict? Are you the voice for the entire population??

      February 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DinoBob

    Great spelling there, Danny. I think you are the one who needs the dictionary. "Inebidible"? I believe you mean "inevitable". Let's leave the 10-cent words and scathing commentary to those who are not functional illiterates. Please go back to your job making coffee at Quick-check now.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dee

    rip. everybody has demone. i feel so sorry for her mom. the daughter will be ok, if she follows the right path.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. El Diablo

    This is being felt world wide. I read in a Mexican newspaper that Chapo Guzman is deeply saddened stating that he has lost his best customer.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bob

    you people crack me up....oh no, now i'm one of you, aaaaaaaahahhhhhh!

    February 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Audene

    May your soul rest in peace.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pertnear

    I find it interesting that when these addict celebrities are alive, all the talk is about how drugged they are, but once they die from these drugs, they are praised and almost worshiped for what they were.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tamm

    Who will take care of her daughter? not the father, I hope!

    February 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. candy

    People are just rude about what happened know matter what she has done or whatever Whitney will be missed

    February 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sonya

    I am so saddened by this. I admired her back in the day. Even though she was sick I still loved her. If she had never gotten with that loser Bobby Brown she would still be with us today. He ruined her and turned her into a junkie. I loathe him! RIP Whitney.

    February 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      Sonya,

      We as human make all of our decisions. Yes, Bobby will pay for his deeds but I'm not sure if he ever put a gun to his head and made her use. Maybe he did, I don't know what went on behind closed doors. I know Love makes you do crazy things, but you have to flee from relationships that are destructive. She had time to do that.

      February 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      @East of Eden Unless you work with victims of domestic abuse and can understand the psychological struggle a victim goes thru please don't post about how easy it is for someone to flee. It's never as easy as it sounds. in most cases it is not just physical. Often there is also emotional, psychological, financial abuse. It's easy to pass it off as "Just leave" But I have yet to see one case where the victim leaves and doesn't return at least once or twice more. It's because of how the abuse works. The Abuser causes the conflict, then apologizes says he/she will be better, the abused thinks he/she means it (and plus they love eachother right?), then they enter the honeymoon stage (everything is good, etc), until something triggers the abuse again. Plus you are negating the time that the abuser takes to lead up to the physical acts, nuturing love, and devotiion, etc. Making the victim feel good about their relationship. In some cases physical abuse may not occur for a year or two after marriage. It's not as quick as some people think. It's a control thing. Power and control. It starts off slow and builds up.

      It's not as easy to just run as people think.

      February 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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