February 16th, 2012
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Never-seen photos of a young Whitney Houston

Check out CNN Photos for more never-before-seen pictures of Whitney Houston as a teenager in 1982.

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  1. Thomas

    Whitney was beautiful woman with a beautiful voice that died way too soon. How many grammy's would she have won had she been well? I will miss her sweet voice and sweet smile. It is true that we are responsible for ourselves. "There but for the grace of God go I". All white people are not racists like the children on this post who try to get a rise but using language that they think will make them appear to be funny and crude to their friends as they all sit around and post garbage. They will grow up someday hopefully.

    February 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Courtney

    @stephaine I like your comment well said I messed up mine typing so fast lol god bless u πŸ™‚

    February 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Courtney

    why some of guys are complaining you sick hearing about oh god it's not the in of the world, get over it , she was a drug addict big. deal well then if you fell this then why on earth are you reading about her then why does it bother you that some care , and the media is giving her death full coverage your just mad so what big deal get over it . Rip whitney Houston my heart heart goes out to her family especially her daughter who loves her mother dearly

    February 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jglass

    I just want to say that I hope the family will keep praying because the lord will never give you more than you can bare and don't worry about comments being made by people who only knew what the media told them. You knew your daughter, cousin, mother and overall friend better than anyone and don't let anyone take that from you all. R.I.P. Whitney as God planned for you to. Loved your music and you!

    February 20, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Linda Linda

    Rest in peace Whitney all your troubles are over.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joseph

    Come People!! Let's stop with all the race stuff on both sides. She was a an Icon and worked to erase the race lines or at least to smear them. I think she did a heck of a job. There's no denying who she is, that voice or what she did. Sure she had a problem....who doesn't? Only difference if she was forced to play her out in the public. We all have our demons and if they were publicized... what would we do? Chill out Everyone. Miss you Whitney.

    February 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa Symone

    Leaving a comment on this site is like watching a battlee of good and evil. I see so many insanely ugly, hate filled comments here followed by messages of God and His son the Lord Jesus Christ. Its funny how people become brave and bold behind computer screens. Scripture says the power of death and life is in the tongue and those who love it shall eat its fruit. When judgment day comes God the Father will show how our words lifted someone up or made them die a slow and painful death. Some words build up and some tear down but we are responsible for every word that comes out of our mouths. The hate filled messages come from someone who thinks nothing happens when they die and they actually believe they are in charge of their own lives.

    February 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      @ Lisa Symone, that is so true. That's whole point. People don't understand that this world is so corruptted by hatred. It just hurts me to my heart that people can speak like this about others. I just hope and pray for forgiveness for all, Lord knows it is needed. I apologized to anyone if this offends their religious preference, but as for me myself, I don't know where I would be without the Lord's Grace and Mercy, so people instead of talking about one another and others problems, let us help one another,. The way I see t, if ,y God is able to forgive me for my sins, then who are u. Be blessed...

      February 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephanie

    I tell u, people of this world need to really grow up. When I remember this lady, I will remember her for talent, not for the wrong she did. Do u think that stars are super human or something. If you are a true Christian you must remember that the flesh is of sin, remember that. People are so quick to judge others today. It's really pathetic how so many people have such negative comments about a person when they never walked a day in this woman's shoes. I mean, really, did u eat, sleep, and shower with her. You all act as if there is no one in your family that's been on drugs or suffered from acoholism. This woman had problems just like anyone else, but what in the world made her so different. There's other people and stars out here with problems too, but you would never know. I feel so bad because some of u live your life criticizing people on things that u do not know. You can't always believe what u see in the news. And the likes of people to say she's going to hell for being a drug addict, I guess there is a lot of us going to hell for getting drunk, because that's a sin too. Who in the heck do you think you are, GOD. He is the only person that makes that determination. Stop being so ignorant. And to people who is playing the race card or Is a racist, how about you all take your behinds to Afghanistan to the where actual war is going on and tell me does race really matter when the enemy is shooting at you, it doesn't matter if your battle is white, black, yellow, or orange, as long as someone is covering you, now that's an issue for discussion. When are u all gonna realize that we are not going to heaven or hell based on what others say or do, it's all about your own actions. Now whoever don't like this message I don't care and whoever does, thank you and God bless.

    February 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The bad guy alan rickman played in die hard

    She died as she lived, on crack.

    February 19, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hugh G Rection

    A celebrity dying, is kind of like a pet fish dying. Yeah, it sucks, they were kind of cool to watch, but I'm not going to shed tears over it; they're a dime a dozen. Sorry, it's not disrespectful to feel no heartache over someone who never knew my name. She's gone, MJ is gone, and I don't care.

    February 19, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. IZ IZ back

    Please say that to a fans' face coward.

    February 19, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. IZ IZ back

    We will see if you say that when Barbara Streisand, Madonna or Cher croaks.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sarah v

    Man i wish people can just let whitney rest in peace. she is a human 2. y does every1 have 2 be cold hearted. no 1 knows what she did off camera and not singing. she help so many people 2 advance there career or simply bing there for them. people need 2 grow up and let her b. and if u were raised right u would never bring any1w mom in2 it. grow the hell up. rip whitney i will never 4get u

    February 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. psoul

    Nbafan just how are your mother and father related. i guess both from the same nasty womb.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |


    February 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. S P

    Praying for the Houston Family. and Bobbi Kristen look up to Jesus. Miss Whitney had a beautiful voice that God gave her to share with the world! it was a good service! its rain now. Miss Whitney is crying tears of joy:). RIP.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. S P

    PRAYING 4 the Houston family.. And Bobbie Kristen . look up to Jesus. Miss Whitney had a beautiful . talent and Voice . its rain now . Miss whitney is crying tears of joy . RIP

    February 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. greengoat666

    To all my fans i have possessed this young mans body to thank you all, and i am about to cross the gates into heaven to be with all our missed celebrity loved ones. a mountain of heavenly pills awaits me. michael jackson says "thats just ingrate" and steve irwin says "Crikey means gee whizz, wow!" we miss u all and we will soon all be together, love Whitney Houston*

    February 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Name*sara

    Someone will say the same thing when you are gone....it will probably be your mother..

    February 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ernest Ajomson

    I love whitney houston for who she was. Talented n beautiful. We all make mistakes, she had her own share of it. No body should judge her, because she took drug. I love her music n what she was able to contribute to humanity. Rest in peace

    February 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. shannon

    Houston family if u live rite u will c her again thats. Y im livin rite to c mi mom again god bless

    February 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. shannon

    I dnt understand y ppl wuld just disrespect. I cnt get ova how its just so to the houston family I just lost mi mom last week so I kno but if u just let go n let god he will keep u n perfect peace n to bobbi kris stay strong mke mommy n daddy proud of u no matter wat the world say its god whom u face later I will b prayn for yall!! Remember god got yall bk from the moore family to the houston family

    February 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. shannon

    Its a shame how coldhearted ppl cn b god dnt like ugly n is nt fond of pretty R.I.P WHITNEY

    February 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Name*Pauline

    I hope Whitney sends u nightmares for saying that

    February 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. kay

    People will talk if you doing bad are good.all of you all are still talking bad about whitney.yes was not doing to bad she made it home in heaven.that is what counts.r.i.p whitney

    February 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. dizzyblonde

    Was anyone surprised at Browns behavior?? He knew his entourage couldn't be seated; he left in a "huff"? He has shown who he is, a wanna be thug, a has been, a child. What a blessing that their daughter is of age! Don't back down Cissy!

    February 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rose

    R.I.P. Whitney and my heart goes outto your family. Your with the lord now smiles. πŸ™‚

    February 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rose

    R.I.P. Whitney your with the lord now and my thoughts are with your family we all know your smiling down on us. God Loves You

    February 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. alex zandra

    whitney ur n a better place. the pain u endured @ this plane ended.the desire for love happiness. n the expectations of 1 so gifted. the presser. we r not all capable of handling it. rip.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. mrdeshon

    WOW! Everytime a celebrity dies these hateful people come out of the woodworks spewing their poison. They hide behind their religion. They hide behind anonimity. They hide behind ignorance. They hide in shame of their own failures in life. They hide because they are simply cowards. Envious of those who were blessed with gifts from God & adored by the world. Jealous of the love shown to those such as Whitney&Michael & bitter that God didnt pick them. Dear readers pay attention when I say, Ignore these unhugged,undervalued & emotionally neglected people. They didnt receive the kudos as a child they needed to grow into empathetic adults. They have to hurt people because they are still hurting. These people know that this moment is the closest theyll ever come to glory. You & I have the power to negate them. Please join me.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  31. A FORB

    All jealous and envious White people. Sad Sad you people are so bitter that we are equally better. Power was used and know seized so please get over yourselfs,that will NEVER happen again. We are smarter, better and bigger these days. Please relize that you are the minority of people who hate look at the majority , smh , you all hide behind these blogs . You could NEVER say that to a black persons face or any other white person who does not side with you. Whitney was loved and you aren't don't you feel small. Stop living in the pass losers , its the future. Micheal was loved even some of your people cry over Michael at concerts how do you feel about that! I don't beg for you to be better I feel sorry for you all. RIP Whitney . Michael

    February 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. A FORB

    All jealous and envious White people. Sad Sad you people are so bitter that we are equally better. Power was used and know seized so please get over yourselfs,that will NEVER happen again. We are smarter, better and bigger these days. Please relize that you are the minority of people who hate look at the majority , smh , you all hide behind these blogs . You could NEVER say that to a black persons face or any other white person who does not side with you. Whitney was loved and you aren't don't you feel small. Stop living in the pass losers , its the future. Micheal was loved even some of your people cry over Michael at concerts how do you feel about that! I don't beg for you to be better I feel sorry for you all. RIP

    February 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Say it ain't so

    @pony dick:
    Don't you mean PUNY dick.

    February 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  34. hyacinth

    Thank you CNN for the coverage. Thank you Cissy Houston for sharing your daughter's life and death with us. Thank you fans for making her a Legend. Never forget where you come from for you will return. Thank you God for all!

    February 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Delene

    We ALL have to stand before God one day...at least Whitney stood in faith. Let you who are without sin cast the ONLY stone.

    February 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Delene

    LET THE PEOPLE SAY "AMEN" rest in peace sweet Whitney!

    February 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |


    February 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. dot de leon

    Wow, the Service for Whitney Houston wonderful. She is now home with the Lord. We all love you.

    February 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. wmsfam4

    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks tor covering the service CNN!

    February 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hudsonmom31

    Winans did a HORRIBLE job! He should have been preaching the Gospel to the lost and instead he exalted himself! Truly worship at satans throne! Shame on Minister Winans! He had millions, if not more, watching and listening and he didn't even preach "repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand" or "if you call on the name of Jesus Christ you shall be saved"! Shame, Minister Winans! God gave you a platform to reach people who need hope and you gave it to Satan by giving honor to man and yourself! No wonder so many people are confused.....all these entertainment people replacing the truth with hollywoodish rubbish!

    February 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Hudsonmom31

    None of us know where Whitney is because he life will be judged by God....not her fans or emotional followers. Our lives, both good and bad will be judged by Christ and if you don't live a life separate from the evils of this life you are not a Christian....I dont care how many churches you visit on occasion or how many gospel songs you can sing. The sad truth is many are hanging up their Christians garments and selling their souls for fame. Although I feel for all who die tragically or naturally, you cannot say you are a Christian and then forsake your role to live for Him. We are to be witnesses and live righteous before Christ and this sinful world no matter what. Pray for those still living who need salvation and pray for her family and friends who need comfort. Whitney lived her life the way she wanted and we all will reap what we sew. Lord help us in these last days!

    February 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Faith Conner

    Remember only GOD CAN JUDGE

    February 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Faith Conner


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  44. denise samuels

    I will miss Whitney so because she gave so much with songs she sing. Thanks to the Houston family for sharing their daughter with the world. I will always Love you Whitney. Yes Jesus love you.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Sharon


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  46. mrs. gibert

    I am so shocked when I read some of these comments on this blog. Please think if this was your grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter and someone was saying the things some of you are saying about Whitney Houston. People make bad choices but as long as they believe that all sins are forgiven let go and let God. To the Houston family please be blessed and just know that God has his arms around your mother, daughter, niece and great friend. She is definetely safe in His arms. God Bless and you sincerely have my condolences.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  47. dee


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  48. mastravman

    Wish military deaths would get this coverage

    February 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  49. cristina slade

    and i will remembered whitney houston when she was a little girl and she sanged the star spangled banner and she killed that song at that super bowl. and i am ur favorite pop singer fan and i looked at all of her movies and it was flippin awesome my favorite movie is sparkle and hammersteins cinderella and whitney houston plz rest and peace .

    February 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Rhea

    I'm so glad that God is a forgiving God. Because if he wasn't a forgiving God, then you surely would burn in hell for your nasty comments. But then again you will have to ask God for forgiveness or you will burn in hell. Take a look at yourself..

    February 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  51. tiff


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  52. michele

    What is wrong with some of you??? Let the one without sin cast the first stone. Let the woman die in peace for God sake! I can not believe how some people can be so heartless and evil.

    February 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ijeoma Nwakamma

    Whitney,u were a star.i mis ur touchy voice.rest in d Lord.

    February 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Adewale cares

    "Thks to God". REST IN PEACE

    February 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Debbie

    Let's remember Whitney for her God-given beauty and voice. Long before Clive Davis discovered her, she was giving many thousands of people enjoyment and blessings with the ministry of her beautiful voice. And later multiple millions of people listened, sang, and danced to her music. Her music is played at wedding receptions to this day. And yet you haters (you know who you are) are ALL A WASTE OF SKIN for choosing to remember her for only a very short 10 year period of her life when she was lost to herself! To Whitney: God has given you rest. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You sang for the masses and now you are singing for the angels. To Whitney's family: thank you for sharing your mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend with the world. God will give you comfort in your time of sorrow and grief.

    February 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. dizzyblonde

    I wanted to add, I am from Newark, I loved Whitneys music, just wished she could've met the right man! Or accepted herself with more love, my thoughts are with her family, whose worst nightmare came true, but can begin to heal by the outpourings of loving tributes!

    February 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  57. lio

    Please never forget while she had a beautiful voice she wasted it on drugs.

    February 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  58. dizzyblonde

    She never hit that "bottom" addicts are supposed to reach. She was bipolar, but self-decieved, in denial, unregulated by correct meds or refusal to take. Fame is a cruel mistress, few are strong enough

    February 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. autumn


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  60. Minister Rachel Hawkins-Luckett

    GOD is so faithful and just . we love you always Whitney you are an inspiration. I pray dearly for her family now and GOD will send his Holy Ghost comforter hourly and forever. May GOD's Grace Favor Love of Christ and the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit rest and rule and abide with you now and forever. BE BLESS. Numbers 6:24-26.

    February 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jason Dinser

    We all miss you ur always going to be in are hearts Whitney ...;-(

    February 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Carol

    Shame! You have a mother! This is no way to refer to any woman. We now know what any woman will be in your life. Your ignorance is strength. Many before you have been on their death beds & had t repent as well. Bless you.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Carmen

    People really need watch what is coming out of there heart! Whitney in spite of her drug addiction, had a better heart than any of u who are spewing hate, that comes from the father of hate (the devil), She loved the Lord! She isn't any less than u or I am, in Gods eyes! He loved her! We are all w/o sin! So
    quit casting stones! She is in a much better
    place than you or I am. I believe she is now
    with the Lord! Really examine your heart! She has many people hurting for this loss! Where is the compassion that we must have in moments like this! Get off ur high horse, because u are no better! And to those who always try to make this a race issue, really?We need to think about what you are spewing too! God is a God for the whole
    human race! Whitney is in a much better place now, and does not have to deal with all the hate in this world (just look at the ugly comments), she is now with our loving God!

    February 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Candy H.


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  65. jerry

    Great singer,huge talent,but when it comes down to it she is just another person.thousands of other people died that day too,and we should worship god,not celebrities.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jerome

    It's unbelievable that CNN allows such hate filled comments on here. Most reputable networks would not. But I guess the right to free speech gives one the right to defame others without concern for their character.


    It's ironic that you will make sure to cover up nudity but not cover up hate filled comments.


    I also have no doubt this comment will not be printed.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rayne

    I love how everyone ASSUMES wh (and them) are going to heaven. She is a rotten egotistical self centered person who abused her body and went against God...lmao. Good luck with that!

    February 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  68. bruce mark

    The CRACK was the WACK and that is THAT > stay away.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Julius Muldrow


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  70. twanda cole

    I was 10 when I heard God's voice thru Whitney.the song was the Greatest Love of All. (me)she shared with me that no matter what I was it,i was good enough. I named my daughters after her 1Whitney n the other Houston. THANKYOU WHITNEY,Cissy thanku for allowing your daughter's spirit to impact my life. I will say her name everyday I am here. WHITNEY YOU ARE FREE. Thank God Almighty

    February 18, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  71. latisha Hazard

    I love u whitney, your are so amazing. And one of a kind and so hard to find. Yall always be in my mind. Sorry it had to be you time. Goin on home whitney. Restinpeacea... THe Best Voice...

    February 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  72. nea smith

    We will truly miss you her always in our heart Whitney Houston!

    February 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  73. nea smith

    We will truly mis you her always in our heart Whitney Houston!

    February 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  74. Janet Blake

    What i wnt to no is how big was the gun dat bobby brown put 2 whitney head to make she start take d drugs...

    February 18, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  75. stacysessionsnurse@sbcglobal.net

    Witney i know without a doubt you have made it to the otherside i know you were a little shocked by your death and as you walked through the valley of the shadow of death you were a little affraid but you endured it and made it and i beleive you have been set free god and his son love you and your beautiful voice will sing into the eternities the one who write and judge you is horrible judge not yet you be judge.witney i loved you as an actor and a singer im rejoicing that you have been let free.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  76. Mary

    It is so sad that there remains people soaked up in their stupidity. Today we say goodbye to a lovely soul with an angel voice. Let us not lose sight of that. RIP Whitney, you will never be forgotten and will live onion our hearts and souls forever. To all those who feel they must make race an issue here, I am a white girl!

    February 18, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  77. Eva Trumbo

    Yes,Whitney and Micheal had problems, but we loved them and that will never change.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  78. Rayne

    Sound the trumpet! The race card has been played! Wow thats getting old. Please come up with something new. The truth hurts.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  79. olga A Gutierrez

    Drug addiction is a disease and is usually fatal if not treated.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  80. Angie

    Whitney you shall be missed. You have truly made you're mark in all our Lives with just you'r sweet melodies. Just remember after all is to be said. The last word will be : No Wepon Formed Against You shall Be Able To Prosper !!! And to Bobbie Kristiana : Remember they that wait upon the Lord he shall remew your strenght, you shall mont upon on wings of Egales, you shall run and not be weary, you shall walk and not faint. You can't see it now. But wait I say on the LORD. "ToYouself Be True"

    February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  81. shawn

    When people can hide behind their boots they will say anything, things they wouldn't say to anyone's face..just consider them to be the ignorant cowards that they are..let God deal with them..rest in peace Whitney !!

    February 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  82. Lisa Symone

    Why are you all entertaing the hate filled comments? Don't you realize these people are seeking attention...and THIS is their only stage. This is their only performance and by focusing on their comments you give the an encore. Pray for them what they speak is the culmination of their lifes regret whatever that is. The greatest commandment is love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And the 2nd commandment is like the first to love your neighbor as yourself. For the Houston Family may God Bless and keep you and may the Holy Spirit comfort you in Jesus Name. Name calling via an electronic device from a souless man or woman devoid of love is a sadness they only causes me to pity you, SEEK GOD!

    February 18, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  83. Really

    Time to shut this blog down isnt it CNN? For the simple sake of respect to the Houston family please shut it down.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  84. Ronda

    It is so sad to see how cruel people can be, you all must have never lost someone you love. I have and I understand how sad the family is feeling. It really doesn't matter who she was to you to someone she was a mother, a daughter, a friend, a niece, and an aunt and to them her death is tragic. So out of respect for her family you should be more mature and let them have this time of grieving. We were only a part of her life because of her amazing voice which is a very small part of the life Whitney lived. So please try and be kind.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  85. Rayne

    Well at least she is only guilty of hurting herself and being a horrible mom ( oh and also being an embarrassing and HORRENDOUS role model) oh and being a rude and arrogant witch too. At least she didnt molest little children (that we know of) like the other idolized drug addict MJ!

    February 18, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  86. sue

    It's tragic for family,friends and fans when we see someone who is talented give their life up for drugs. We think that just because they famous and rich and attrctive their lives must be wonderful compared to ours. Then we can either cursse them for stupidity or weep and wail with the crowd over the tragedy we all. Neither has a whole lot to do with reality. Whether it's Elvis dying on a toilet, Michael Jackson paying a doctor an overdose, Kurt Cobain blowing his head off or Whitney drowning a tub..,they are all sad, sick and insecure people who hid out from reality with the drug of their choice rather than deal with life. Let's hope others learn from these peoples mistakes and make better choices in their own lives.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  87. a fan

    Keep ur hate comments to urself. They will be the death of you but not before they torment you (with no relief in sight.)

    February 18, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  88. Matter of Fact

    @ "pony dick"... I think you mis-spelled your name, it should read "Ti, not Po! Its so obvious that you're a ignorant piece of crap!

    February 18, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  89. chris (no `t`)

    You failed the Bible.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  90. anonymous

    how come when one person dies thousands of people cry but when thousands of kids die of hunger no one crys

    February 18, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  91. Ve have vays

    I am not a hater or a Racist nor a troll...but i will be so glad when week long Idolatry and Worship is over. To those who think God did this or that for Whitney for us.....you folks are delusional. She died an Unrepentent Sinner doing drugs. my Bible tells me.."Except you REPENT you shall ALL Likewise Perish"....Jesus said that. Jesus also told us that our bodies are his temple...and if you destroy his temple...he will then destroy you. read it good people for yourself. she is burning in Hell right now for her stupidity. Stop Idolizing these entertainers....

    February 18, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • 1911

      Once saved always saved

      February 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      Jesus came to save not to condemn! He knew we could not do it on our own, so that is why Jesus came to die for us & left his Holy Spirit to lead us in his path! He is a God who forgives our sins of yesterday, today & future sins, we are covered by his blood! Who are you to say she is in hell? Only God has the last say! Did u forget about the man, on the cross beside him, whom he told you will be with me in paradise? Why? He was apparently a criminal but yet was saved. Get your reading of Gods word back into content! Ask for the Holy Spirit to direct you in the learning of his word!

      February 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tired of idiots on this blog

      Shut up stupid! No one knows why she died!! Autopsy results will clear it up. Regardless of the cause of her death, she was a human being. She was someones mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Keep your negativy garbage to yourself idiot!

      February 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      I also believe YOUR bible mentions something about "may he who's free of sin cast the first stone" as well as "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use It will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in Your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'let me take the speck out of your eye', when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." – Matthew 7:1-5

      February 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Mr and Mrs A Hernandez

    To the Houston Family, Thanks be to Almighty God for allowing us to celebrate the life of HIS GIFT to the world – Whitney Elizabeth. May God's promise over the Houston Family remain...."All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children." (Isaiah 54:13) The peace that passes ALL understanding is now complete within and around the beloved and incomparable Whitney Elizabeth forever as she stands triumphantly at this moment alive and well in another dimension before the Prince of Peace.

    February 18, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Pauline

      Beautifully said, Mr. & Mrs. A.H. out of 100% of the human race there are only about 8% truly good, kind people. Your one of the 8% God be with you! Xoxo . So you other 92% can riot in hell

      February 18, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  93. Name*daodu shade

    crack or no crack. pls allow whitney to rest with dignity.she is now free frm d bondage of fame and stardom.

    February 18, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  94. Regina

    I'm floored! OMG! We care b/c its called compassion for a another human being, CAL! I bet the only thing you've ever been recognized for was spelling your name correctly!!LOL DEUCES!!

    February 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  95. ajm3

    CNN..When will u guys link comments to peoples facebook page so we can see who these ignorant people are who are leaving these moronic comments? If they werent so annonomys im sure these ignorant cowards wouldnt be so brave and you would have more profesional remarks.

    February 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  96. shawty


    February 18, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  97. shawty

    Wow. just seeing some of these comments i just DO NOT understand. i GUESS yall so perfect that u never made a wrong or bad decision. WHITNEY IS KNOWN through out the world, where as most of u who r making these ugly comments about her r probably sitting on ur buts and haven't tried 2 make nothing of themselves. WHAT STUPIDITY!

    February 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  98. TEE

    Wow JIGGS ........SMH SO SO SAD!!

    February 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  99. Answer

    The worst way to hurt a kid like that is to saying nothing at all in response.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Question

    Is it still considered racism when it's an attention-seeking child, who's ONLY purpose is to go into ANY topic and say whatever is MOST inflammatory to get responses out of people? I know ALL racism is ignorance, but I'm wondering if these kids even know what they are saying. It's a small group, or one lonely, powerless child looking for any attention obtainable, even NEGATIVE attention.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  101. ce ce

    When will racism end!!! May god bless your poor souls

    February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Kenn

    Some of you people on here, whether you're kids or not an especially if you're adults, should be completely ashamed of yourselves for acting so childish and foolish – and downright UGLY – on here. Disrespecting someone like MLK on any board is abhorrent behavior, as is the choice of words used to describe someone because of their color. What a shame.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  103. scott

    yeah. all the crackk.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  104. Lucy

    So pretty. She did have it all.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  105. oleg

    Cept I heard MLK was actually named after all the roads. His mom named him MLK so he wouldnt forget his name. Silly j!ggs, you smell like p!gs.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  106. oleg

    Next thing ya know the j!ggs will be wanting a Whitney Houston holiday and streets named after her like MLK.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  107. tim

    Its just not that big of a deal. Must be not much going on newswise-or this may be a super easy story to report on.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  108. cal

    I just dont see what the big deal is. Everyone is acting like it is the end of the world. Really, other than her family and friends, why should we even care?

    February 17, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • IZ IZ back

      When Madonna, Cher or Barbar Streisand croak keep that thought ok. Cheers!

      February 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      Hugh (nice name, very creative) and Cal:

      Come on man. We're all brazen and crass at times – I get it. But Whitney was (as we all are) a human being. A unique, irreplaceable (as we all are) living being. What happend to "human compassion"? It's part of being an intelligent, self-aware being. Even for the atheist, this is what separates us from animals – compassion for our fellow man (or woman).

      Even if you really are as disconnected as you make yourself sound......why announce it – and deliberately cause others pain? It is sad when any other human being dies. Death is a sad event. That's a very simple fact that almost anyone with a reasonable amount of human understanding can agree with.

      February 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  109. bobbi

    so much to offer, but no body was there to take it, and use it respectfully. Had to many yes people around her.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • IZ IZ back

      The yes people we're hungry and in a precarious position. To say "Whitney get help" would have equaled a pink slip.

      February 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  110. nbafan

    Where are the pictures of her doing crack?

    February 17, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • LYRIC0949

      I take it that most of the people offering comments are white and don’t feel that Whitney Houston should have any type of honor in her send off or from the media because she was a Black woman who went through some problems, but nobody stopped people from honouring Elvis when he died on the toilet and he had troubles with prescription drugs and alcohol as well! She was a great singer and had a poise that cannot be repeated!

      February 18, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tired of idiots on this blog

      You're an idiot!!

      February 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ottomedic51

      what makes you think that anyone who makes a negative comment about Whitney Houston is white...I'm tired of ppl using the "race" card everytime you disagree with what they said. Yes, Whitney was a awesome singer BUT she was also a drug addict..that's a well known fact. I hope she finds peace now. If I want to write something negative, it's my right..don't like it, don't read it.

      February 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisa Jordana

      Love this post.

      February 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Matthews

      Unbelievable how much haters still hate! really UNBELIEVABLE! Somebody's daughter is DEAD, somebody's mom is gone forever!! White people really are devils without a conscious, ya'll ain't changed a bit.

      February 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      @LYRIC0949...I really don't think your comment is very fair at all...I am white and one of Whitney's biggest supporters...yes she was a mess, but that doesn't take away from the joy that she brought to so many. It is your kind of stereotyping and mentality that will never rid this world of prejudice...it goes both ways!!!!!

      February 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |

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