The death of Whitney Houston which I found out earlier this evening while on Twitter comes as a shock. At only 48, Whitney died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles today. I am still soaking it all in and to a large extent feel numb. She is one of the celebrities I was yet to meet, yet it feels like I have known her all along.
Just this past three weeks, the entertainment industry here in the USA has lost some important names: Etta James, Don Cornelius and now Whitney Houston. For Nigeria, In Nigeria’s entertainment industry, it felt like 2012 could not come fast enough. We lost so many just in the last few months of 2011 it was becoming scary. The deaths in Nigeria were particularly upsetting as they tended to be reports of bad roads resulting in car crashes causing deaths. How very painful.
Often as I am already seeing on twitter and facebook, when we lose important figures in the entertainment industry, we begin making conclusions about these stars we have never met. If they did not live a certain lifestyle, they would have been alive. Many are already concluding Whitney’s past substance abuse problems is the cause of death even before we get a result from the coroner’s office. That may or may not be the case. But, the idea that celebrities are supposed to live these perfect/pristine lives and not have problems is a bit too much of a high standard, I think, to demand just because they are in the limelight.
Often many think, “these are celebrities. They have the money, cars, houses, beautiful men or women at their beckon etc. How dare they have problems, right? Wrong. These are regular people who were lucky enough to have major financial blessings bestowed on them. Their problems, whatever they may be, does not cease to exist because we see them on the big screen or on red carpets. On the contrary, “the more money, the more problems” as the saying goes.
I saw a recent before and after picture of Majek Fashek on Linda Ikeji blog and many of the comments were unforgiving. It is really sad to see Majek Fashek now. However, I don’t know that most of us can say, unequivocally, that if we had the same opportunities, wealth, and same circumstances as these aforementioned indivduals etc. we would do better, make better decisions, live better lives. Life hits us with different curve balls and depending on the curve balls, we all are capable of making decisions that could be fatal and lead to a downward spiral. We all have our demons. It is really God’s mercy.
May her soul rest in peace. I am deeply saddened by this loss.
Majek Fashek images I spoke of