Those with phenomenal talent seem to have a well-above average tendency to leave us early. It isn't yet known what killed Ms. Houston, but her destructive life-style was no secret.
The song that will always be most associated with her name has powerful, personal memories for me. While it was still a big hit, my own wife Elaine was in the midst of one of her sessions of serious illness, and she became frightened that, this time, I would lose patience and leave her.
In one of those Grand Romantic Gestures that only a Yorkshireman is capable of, I bought her Whitney's 'I will always love you' and said 'Listen to the lyrics of this.' Hmm; I should have listened first. For though the refrain is 'I...I...I... will always love you' the whole song is saying 'I will always love you, but I'm leaving you.' It wasn't - to be honest - a great help at the time.
Still - great song, wonderful voice, phenomenal talent - and an awful tragedy.