Think back to the first time you saw Whitney Houston’s video for “I Will Always Love You” from her movie debut in “The Bodyguard.” She was always gorgeous, but she never looked more beautiful than she did sitting on the chair singing the heartfelt Dolly Parton-penned track as images from the film played behind her.
She typically commanded her videos, but for that one she didn’t need to work a stage or jump about. After the filming of “The Bodyguard” was complete, she and husband, Bobby Brown, announced they were having a baby.
“I Will Always Love You” was the perfect song to showcase the love she had for her baby girl, too.
Sadly, Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away last weekend at age 22 after being in a coma for nearly six months.
Brown was found in a bathtub in late January, almost the way her mother had been three years earlier. Reasons for her condition were not known, pending investigation. Her condition remained bleak.
Unfortunately, Bobbi Kristina became a product of news media after her mother’s untimely death in 2012. She took on a great deal of responsibility taking over her mother’s estate. Can you imagine the kind of pressures involved being Whitney Houston’s daughter? It must have been astronomical to have to deal with the press and Houston’s massive estate at such a young age. It’s not something I would have wanted to handle.
I think Bobbi Kristina handled the affairs of her mom’s death as best she could, under the circumstances. Her dad, Brown, was nowhere near capable. But right by her side was Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother. What a courageous, classy woman Cissy was during the events following Whitney’s death. I only wish that Cissy could have reined in some of young Bobbi Kristina’s newfound pressures and helped her get a better grip on her life.
Cissy was well aware of her daughter’s struggles and something tells me she felt the same for her granddaughter, too.
Cissy had said from the beginning Bobbi Kristina had a long road ahead of her if she was able to come out of the coma, but matters pointed to the worst.
I don’t have children, but I have always heard that a parent should never have to bury their own child. Add to that their only grandchild. It saddens me to know of the hurt she must feel.
Reports circulating as of Monday state Bobbi Kristina’s death is being viewed as a homicide. Authorities are looking at her boyfriend as a person of interest. Paramedic reports indicated injuries to her body.
I find the Houston saga just tragic. I’m saddened to see how her fame, life, career and legacy turned out. I can only find peace now in knowing that Whitney and her daughter are reunited in heaven, proving that the love between a mother and child is the greatest love of all.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Michigan, Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com.