Whitney Houston’s massive hit ‘I Will Always Love You‘ echoed through the Newark church she graced as a youngster this Saturday at the late singer’s funeral service.
A bevvy of stars were in attendance including cousin Dionne Warwick, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, R Kelly, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder to name a few, the latter 3 performing either side of an emotional speech by Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner.
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Ex-husband Bobby Brown left the funeral service in a reality show-like exit after an alleged dispute with his former in-laws. Brown’s reason was he “didn’t want to make a scene”. Brown was seen in a casino just hours after the tribute and seemed unaffected during a New Edition performance just hours later at which he made several shout outs to his former wife. The performance has been criticised as being insensitive so soon after the passing of his former beau.
What remains true is that the music world has prematurely lost a true great, a troubled person in her final years and a voice perhaps only rivalled by friend, collaborator and fellow diva Mariah Carey. The pressure of fame and the abuse of drugs, alcohol and the domestic problems she suffered have once again taken its toll on a magnificent talent meaning Whitney Houston joins the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain in the undesirable ‘taken-too-soon club’.