Local fans lament Houston's death

Whitney Houston

As hip-hop fans enjoyed the performers at Saturday night's Hip Hop Royalty Tour at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, word of R&B superstar Whitney Houston's death began to make its way through the crowd.

"I loved her voice, her style," said Goose Creek resident James Fordham, who saw Houston perform live twice. "I wonder how Bobby is doing," he said, referring to Houston's ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown.

Standing in the PAC's lobby during intermission, Roseanna Simmons of James Island, Shavon Felder of Goose Creek, and Deonne Wright and Nicole Grippon of Charleston were all in shock.

Like many in the crowd, the four friends had learned of Houston's death through text messages and Facebook. "I can't enjoy the show now," said Wright. "She was America's sweetheart," added Simmons.

All four women agreed that there would never be another singer like Houston, and reminisced about the singer's acting turn in the popular film "The Bodyguard."

By the time the intermission ended and rap group Whodini had gone onstage, there still had not been any announcement to the audience about Houston's death.