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Apollo Theater Mourns ‘True Music Icon’ Whitney Houston

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Music superstar Whitney Houston was mourned at a New York City landmark Sunday.

The marquee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem calls her “A True Music Icon.”

On Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of pink roses was at the entrance, attached to a sign reading “RIP Whitney.” Also written on the sign were part of the lyrics to “Yes, Jesus Loves Me,” a gospel tune that Houston sang in her last public performance during a pre-Grammy party.

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“We were blessed that she shared her gift with us. Our lives are much richer for it,” fan Christine told Silverman. ”

“Like the rest of us, she was human, and human beings have challenges, human beings have successes,” she added.

A couple of tourists passed by, stopping to read the marquee honoring Houston and look at the bouquet atop the Apollo lettering at the entrance.

“Wow,” said J.B. Quemon, 37, of Paris. “She was a diva. International.”

His friend, Melanie Girard, 26, also of Paris: “She was the top, beautiful. But she lost herself.”

Houston died Saturday in a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 48. The cause of death is unknown. Her death came on the night before music’s biggest showcase, the Grammys.

Houston was a New Jersey native who got her start singing at church and went on to become an international superstar.

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  1. Tee says:

    L believe that people who trash other people or celebrities only do so because there is something about self that is feels inadequate. What business is it of yours? Jusr remember that for every seed you sow whether it be negative or positve will be reaped. So for everyone that says negative things about people you will reap what you sow. Thank you… Bye bye… See ya 2moroow.

  2. Charlie Sheen TORPEDO OF CRACK TOUR says:

    LET’S RAISE OUR CRACK PIPES FAT AND LOADED AND SMOKE! WHITNEY WOULD WANT IT THAT WAY. SHE WOULD REALLY. SHE’D BE SMOKIN’ SNOWCONES RIGHT NOW IF THE HOE WASN’T DEAD.

  3. None Of Your Business says:

    I read a portion of the transcript of a TV interview in which dear Whitney, rather arrogantly it seemed to me, stated that she never bought crack because that was cheap and she had a lot of money. So, obviously, she bought the more expensive stuff. Just goes to show what you can do when you’ve got lots of money.

    Well. Another bummed-out druggie bites the dust. So what and who cares?

  4. Boo hoo says:

    Mourn heros not zeros.I cannot believe we mourn someone who takes their own life like this.Where was her friends and family all these years .Noone helped her because it was easier getting money from drugged drunk Whitney.Sad but true.We have troops who are dying everyday and this crack addict gets front pages.

  5. DJ SHELDON SMITH says:

    SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS TO THE MUSIC COMMUNITY, THERE WASN’T A NIGHT THAT WHEN I WAS PLAYING IN CLUBS THAT I DIDN’T PLAY A FEW OF HER DANCE HITS OR AT A WEDDING TO NOT PLAY HER BALLADS. SHE WAS TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL. WHETHER SHE WAS SINGING GOSPEL, POP OR DANCE SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED SINGERS I EVER HEARD ON MY LIFETIME. SHE SET THE MARK THAT SO MANY OTHERS TRIED TO ATTAIN. GOD GAVE HER THIS GIFTED VOICE AND NOW SHE IS UP THERE SINGING TO THE ALMIGHTY IN PERSON. HER VOICE AND PERSONA WILL LIVE ON IN THE HEARTS OF HER FAMILY, FRIENDS, FELLOW ARTISTS AND FANS.. BLESS YOU WHITNEY FOR TOUCHING OUR LIVES..

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