With few details as of yet, the Associated press is reporting that Whitney Houston has died at the much-too-young age of 48.
While her life took a reckless and drug-addled turn after marrying Bobby Brown, most Americans (especially we Gulf War veterans) will forever remember her as the queen of our patriotic hearts for her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to open the January 1991 Super Bowl.
Whatever unfortunate turns her life may have taken, and regardless of whether one was much of a Whitney Houston fan before or after, those two minutes have been sewn into the fabric of our American culture.
Thank you for that. Rest in peace, Whitney.