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HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) — South Florida radio listeners remembered legendary singer Whitney Houston Monday as 99Jamz, Hot 105-FM, and 97.3 The Coast, took calls from people eager to share their thoughts and memories.

“The big story over the weekend, Whitney Houston,” said 97.3’s Donny Michaels.

The Coast Morning Show featured callers who talked openly about their feelings over the singing icon’s unexpected death.

Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton on the eve of the Grammy’s.

Jennifer Hudson sang one of Houston’s most popular songs, “I Will Always Love You,” at the Grammy’s in tribute to her life and musical legacy.

The singer was an artist that transcended three decades with her powerful voice and 7 number one hits.

“I’m blown away,” said a radio caller named Eric. “I grew up listening to her and really loved her music.”

While most listeners remembered Houston fondly, others shared anger and sadness over her once trouble marriage and dangerous addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“Once they get over the ‘Oh my god, she was an amazing singer, I grew up listening to her etcetera, etcetera,’ right away the anger comes in and it’s all Bobby Brown’s fault,” said 97.3’s Julie Guy.

In the end, Michaels said, “I think most people will look at the positive effect that she had on the music business, all the number one hits.”

Meantime, investigators say it could be weeks before toxicology tests reveal what caused the death of Whitney Houston.

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