As a person in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, I've watched Whitney's roller coaster ride with bated breath since long before I acknowledged that I myself had a problem. I couldn't deny that I related to her struggle.
One of the greatest singers of our generation is gone, a lady whose bright smile and irrepressible music helped so many of us celebrate life in the midst of all the death and sorrow and rage that engulfed us in the '80s.
"First it was Michael Jackson, then it was Amy Winehouse and now the magnificent Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs."
Each time a celebrity death by addiction grabs the headlines, it calls attention to the enormous suffering one goes through when battling chemical dependency. We don't know what killed Whitney yet, but we do know that she had a long history of substance abuse problems.