Whitney Houston fans who remember the days when her voice was as clear as a bell, recognize that her voice isn’t exactly all it used to be.
While many just figured it was a result of hard living, it turns out that Whitney may be sick.
“She’s developed emphysema—and her doctors are warning her she’ll die a horrible death,” a source told the National Enquirer.
Whitney has been known to pick up a cigarette from time to time, but her reps are disputing the claim. Spokeswoman Kristen Foster told E! News that the rumors are “completely untrue” but that Whitney did suffer from an upper respiratory infection last year, which may have helped fuel the rumor.
Last year in Brisbane, Australia, dissatisfied concertgoers described her performance as “disappointing” and “dreadful.”
In more recent appearances, Whitney delivered strong performances and her voice is still considered one of music’s most treasured.
Watch a news report from her concert in Brisbane.
—Tracy L. Scott