So, because of these remarkable abilities, it is never really surprising when such a bright light flickers out before it's 'due by date.'
Coming on the eve of the music industry's biggest night - The Grammy Awards - the legendary singer, who once had the recognisable voice of an angel, allegedly drowned in the bathtub of the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, having partied heavily the previous evening.
Houston herself admitted openly that she was her own worst enemy and her self destructive actions would spiral out of control whenever she tempted fate. Sadly, there was no happy ending to this sweet sounding gospel voice which held everyone in its grasp with its magnanimous power and range, as Houston died as she had lived, tragically.
She came onto the music scene as a wide-eyed and glowing teenager and in ability and marketability soon eclipsed family and even friends. Her Mother, the great gospel singer, Cissy Houston, her cousin, Dionne Warwick and she even out shone the outstanding talents of her earth shattering Godmother, Aretha Franklin.
But, like so many before her, whether the speedy elevation was too heady to live up to, or, the nagging insecurities of self doubt crept in, making a dependency on life ravaging drugs a notable necessity - one can only surmise. But if a life is told in pictures, then this voice in a million songstress' photo gallery surely speaks louder than words themselves.
From desirably, sweet and innocent girl next door with the golden voice range so rich and illuminating, to a binging, out of control, loud and obnoxious addict to her many vices, who's voice had become an excruciating
rasp of its once indescribably glorious former self. Once someone who would have theatre audiences hanging off every mezzo soprano note, to having fans leaving their auditorium seats in their droves, disappointed at what this supreme, aspirational figure had reduced herself to.
But Houston is not alone. The early death of 27 year old Amy Winehouse last year brought on by a similar set of unsympathetic circumstances. Requiring a false crutch that can only bring disaster to the user. A quick remedy for fear, pain or inadequacy.
One finds it hard to contemplate that these majestic stars who often define the word 'genius' in their chosen domain, could possibly have irrational vulnerabilities that would more than surpass us mere mortals. But they do. And, history tells us to the tune of many.
From Judy Garland at age 47, Hank Williams 29, Jimi Hendrix 27, Janis Joplin 27, Jim Morrison 27, Elvis Presley 42, Keith Moon 32, Jon Bonham 32, Kurt Cobain 27, Michael Hutchence 37 and even Michael Jackson 50.