The death of Whitney Houston should have been a shock, but I had always looked at her like a walking corpse. She seemed to exist, emerging first as a songbird whose voice could give chills to a joke with catchphrases like “Crack is Whack” and “Hell to the No!”
Celebrities and drug use is fodder for gossip rags and other outlets of salacious media. Unfortunately we love to elevate someone only to knock them down.
Whitney was one of those.
Substance abuse whether in alcohol, illicit drugs, food, shopping, is a problem in this country. Celebrities are people, too but they have it just as hard as we do. They have their privacy invaded, their every move scrutinized, and we expect the sun, moon, and stars from them.
My hope is that someone struggling will see Whitney Houston’s death as a wake up call and decide they have had enough of the hard life.
May God continue to watch over those who struggle.