“Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album ‘Whitney’ was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.” – TMZ [I choose to remember Whitney Houston this way.]
Whitney Houston died this afternoon. My heart goes out to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and all of those affected by her loss. Adding to the tragedy of her untimely passing is the fact that it was most likely preventable. While no conclusive results have been released to determine the cause of death….it is no secret that she struggled very publicly with addiction. Whether or not drugs contributed directly to what ultimately took her life, any ‘natural causes’ are certainly exacerbated by a body that has been worn down by years of abuse, and there is no possible way she could have had the same sort of good health as a 48 year old woman without her demons.
Celebrities with drug and alcohol problems have every resource at their disposal to seek help– if they choose to accept it. Being constantly surrounded by ‘yes men’ and other enablers [most of them on the payroll] makes it extremely difficult to extricate yourself from a dangerous situation. Money and fame won’t solve your problems. Junkies on the street don’t have the luxury of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for a top of the line rehabilitation facility. It’s all so tragic. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Nobody is immune.
You can only do so much for a person who doesn’t want to help themselves, but I have to wonder: did anyone actively try and stop a person who was clearly self-destructing? Has anyone attempted to intervene with Demi Moore? Lindsay Lohan? I mention celebrities only because everyone knows these individuals. We all have some mere mortals to add to this list. How hard do you try before somebody is deemed a lost cause? Is anyone ever too far gone? Can somebody like that truly change their ways or is it always a vicious cycle? Lord knows I’ve struggled with these concepts….sometime you have to accept the fact that you can’t save everyone and disengage.
You will be missed, Whitney. May you find the peace in death that seemed to evade you in life.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,