Local fans remember Houston

"A FEMALE Michael Jackson" was how one North Coast Whitney Houston fan described the music and film industry superstar yesterday following her untimely death at the age of 48 on Sunday.

The singer was pronounced dead at 10.55am (AEDT) on Sunday in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

The cause of Ms Houston's death was not expected to be known until later this week, reports suggested.

"She came from quite an exceptional music pedigree, she paved the way for other black female artists and she was respected by all the greats," Houston fan Allie Godfrey of Crabbes Creek said.

"What teenager in the 1980s didn't have a smooch to (Houston hit) Saving All My Love For You and had their hair permed in an attempt to reinvent the 'fro.

"It was so sad to see her lose her way."

Carl Smith of Lismore said he was a "massive obsessed fan" of Houston who he said inspired young vocalists but ultimately lost her passion and her drive.

"It was her voice and her exceptional vocal talent that has inspired so many young vocalists to want to sing," Mr Smith said.

"You look at a lot of those television shows like American Idol or X Factor, they all do renditions of her songs and try and sound as much like her as they possibly can.

"I was always in the hope that she might go back on the right track and recover some of her voice, but I guess that didn't happen."

Stacy Hill of Goonellabah attended an infamous Houston concert in Brisbane in 2010 during which Houston's performance was allegedly so drug-affected fans walked out.

"It is a shame that such a great diva will be remembered for how she possibly died, rather than her music and fantastic voice," Miss Hill said.

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