Ipswich: We will always love you! Sadness in town as Whitney Houston dies

We will always love you!

That was the reaction from residents in Ipswich today after the news broke that iconic singer, Whitney Houston, had died.

The 48-year-old, famed for songs including “I Will Always Love You”, was found dead in her room at the Beverley Hilton Hotel on Saturday, just a day before she was due to appear at the Grammy Awards.

Houston’s greatest hits album had already hit number one on the iTunes chart yesterday and Suffolk couple Steve Blake, 39, and Clare Blake, 34, who saw the troubled singer while they were on honeymoon in Tobago, said it was an incredibly sad day.

Steve said: “We saw her on our honeymoon in Tobago.

“That was about the time she started to struggle but we were lucky to see her.

Clare added: “Growing up in the 80s and 90s you had to be a fan, she was amazing.”

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“It’s an incredibly sad ending for an incredible singer.”

Police in Los Angeles said paramedics attempted to resuscitate Houston but they were unsuccessful – she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm local time. Police also said that there was no “obvious signs” of criminal intent regarding her death.

Scott Danells, 27, from Warren Heath, said it was a shame that Houston died at the age of 48, but he speculated her troubled past, which included drug abuse, could have led to the tragedy.

He said: “It was a real shame because of her age, but I suppose it wasn’t a shock considering her drug problems.”

A woman who was visiting Ipswich, said she couldn’t believe the news when she was told.

She said: “I didn’t believe it at first.

“I thought it was just one of those hoaxes, I was quite sad when I found out it was true.”

Send your tributes for Whitney Houston by writing to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or you can send an e-mail to us at starletters@archant.co.uk. Alternatively send a comment in online