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Michael Jackson Estate Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston

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While the late Whitney Houston was being remembered at a star-studded “home-going” funeral service on Saturday (Feb. 18), the Michael Jackson estate commemorated the life of the pop icon with a tribute ad. The advertisement ran in trade magazines and Whitney’s hometown newspaper Newark Star-Ledger on the day of the funeral.

The pink-colored ad features a rose and reads “Whitney,” then below it, “In loving memory of her majestic voice, her radiant beauty and the magic she created on stage.”

This is a wonderful tribute for Nippy, who shared a musical kinship with the late King of Pop. In fact, MJ originally wanted Whitney to duet with him on the love ballad ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ (from ‘Bad’ LP). Unfortunately, Whitney’s label, Arista Records, blocked the collaboration because they feared it would interrupt the promotion of her second album ‘Whitney.’

In retrospect, we lost two influential music icons at roughly the same age. Nippy died at age 48, while Jackson passed away at age 50.

Houston was finally laid to rest at a private burial in Westfield, N.J. on Sunday (Feb. 19). The late songbird was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston, who passed away in 2003.

May Whitney Houston rest eternally in peace. We will always love you.

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