Whitney Houston Dead at 48, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston.

Currently the second most forwarded microblog post on popular Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo, with over 5000 comments so far…

On Sina Weibo:

@新浪视频: According to a BBC report, American singer Whitney Houston has passed away, at only 48 years of age. Let us look back on her classic song: “When You Believe”. This was a song that won an Oscar, featuring Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston singing duet. It was the theme song of the animated film “Prince of Egypt”, released in 1998.

The above microblog post was just one of many Whitney Houston posts to become amongst the most popular posts today on the Twitter-like service.

Comments from Sina Weibo:




No way, dying so young?


Goodbye, Whitney Houston. [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛]


The consequences of doing drugs.


[吃惊] This can’t be true, can it?


May her soul rest in peace. Heaven now has one more beautiful voice. [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛]


What? One of my favorite singers. Her performance in The Bodyguard was also very good. What a pity!


This morning I suddenly wanted to listen to a Whitey Houston song, and as I was listening to it, I saw this news. Now I’m really sad. [淚]


Sudden death from doing drugs? What a pity!


Looks like its true! How could this happen, and she was so young. [泪][蜡烛]


How is this possible?! How did she did?


I bet its related to drugs. Yet another great voice has been taken away.


Drugs again?


Year ago I had read on newspapers that she had become addicted to smoking marijuana, that the condition of her body was very poor, that she could never sing again. I was already extremely sad at that time. Never thought that just years later she would be leaving this world. Hope she rests in peace.


I’d rather believe she boarded the ark.


The first I heard one of her songs was when a high school classmate recommended it to me, and it was indeed really good. Rest in peace!


R.I.P. [蜡烛] Today is the first time I have heard of her. It is only with her death that I learned that there are this many people who were fans of her. [汗]


Everything we once deeply loved is leaving us one after another, just like our youth.


I will always love you…


Whitney Houston! God must be her fan!


This was the piece of news that made me cry the hardest today. We will never again see such a perfect performance… [泪] We will always MISS you…

On Youku:

American Singer Whitney Houston dies, age 48

The above video clip currently has over 400k views within 12 hours of being uploaded.


Cherish life, stay away from drugs.


Boarded the ark! Who are they trying to fool?!


Yet another one has boarded the ark, 2012, sigh.


Dying at just 48 years old, following so closely in Michael Jackson’s footsteps…or did she just board the ark…?


Will always remember~~ One of the world’s most talented female singers.


People in the entertainment industry are used to drinking heavily and drug use, so them not living long is of course very normal!!!!!


Cervical cancer? Drugs? Or…?


She was born with a good voice. Normal people’s lifespans are very long, so it definitely must’ve been problems with her lifestyle. Drug use, smoking, etc. are all reasons for her death! What we should feel sorry for is that this world has lost yet another sound of a soul! Whereas we don’t have to feel sorry for her death, as she only has herself to blame.


The world has lost another queen, sigh… once a chocolate beauty…


World record holder for total album sales by a female singer. Her husband, that black devil. He ruined her.

Whitney Houston


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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