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Whitney HoustonNews of Whitney's Houston's death plunged millions of her fans into mourning around the world when it was announced on February 11, 2012.

The pop diva fondly remembered for "Didn't We Almost Have it All", The Greatest Love of All," "I'm Every Woman" and dozens more chart-busting hits was 48 at the time of her death.

Although early rumors claimed that the one-time superstar had died in a bathtub from accidental drowning, later reports point to a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol as the direct cause of death.

Houston's body was later flown to New Jersey for funeral services at the New Hope Baptist Church the arranged by her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, where Whitney first got her start performing in gospel services in her native Newark, New Jersey.

On the comeback trail with new recordings - after years of drug addition and financial troubles - Whitney Houston was reportedly slated to retake the national stage as a judge in the US competition show, the X Factor.

Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963, she grew up in a singing dynasty, predisposed to becoming a worldwide singing sensation. She was born the daughter of singer Cissy Houston, and the first cousin to multi-octave Dionne Warwick. Shortly after her birth, she was christened in her local church where "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin presided as godmother.

Houston's early experience began in Newark, New Jersey where she reportedly often brought the New Hope Baptist Church congregation to tears with soulful renditions of popular gospel hymns.

It was not long before the teenager was accompanying her mom at singing engagements and concerts, and playing background singer to other major soul & R&B acts, including Lou Rawls and Chaka Khan.

Houston finally made her own debut onto the pop music scene in 1987. Exhibiting a well-developed and emotionally soaring vocal range, her first album climbed to the top of the charts, and spun off three No. 1 single hits - "How Will I Know", "Saving All My Love for You", and "The Greatest Love of All."

Throughout the rest of the decade and into the 1990's, Houston often became a leading nominee and/or winner at the annual Grammy Awards. And with her first foray into Hollywood in 1992 she starred in The Bodyguard (opposite Kevin Costner) from which the anthem, I Will Always Love You, became a worldwide mega-hit.

That same year she married singer Bobby Brown and, since then, sporadic successes checkered Houston's once-solid career, which finally descended into a much-publicized battle with drug addiction in 2004, when she was first admitted to a drug rehabilitation center.

She was later re-admitted for treatment in 2005, the same year in which she appeared with Brown in the reality TV hit Being Bobby Brown chronicling the life of her husband's home life and career.

Bobby Brown
Whitney's ex,
Bobby Brown.

It was Whitney, however, who everyone watched - as the ravages of suspected use of crack and cocaine appeared to take their toll on her and by default upon her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

A year later, the much-rumored breakup of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston was confirmed by a spokesman who announced that Houston had filed for divorce on September 13, 2006. The divorce was finalized in April 2007 with custody of their teenage child, Bobbi Kristina, awarded to Whitney.

Her long-awaited comeback finally arrived in 2008 with fan excitement spilling over onto the Internet as her appropriately titled new single, "Like I Never Left" - her first since 2003 - was leaked onto the Web. A much-awaited national TV appearance resulted in a moving performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" at the AMA Awards in November 2009, and cemented an emotional comeback with millions of fans both old and new.

For much of the remainder of her career, however, Houston performed before small audiences or at award ceremonies, and In May 2011 enrolled in rehabilitation center again, as an out-patient, citing drug and alcohol problems.

Reportedly partying late into the evening the night before, Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.

Having died a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, Houston was honored on the big night with several tributes. These included a re-airing of clip from her performance of her mega-hit "I Will Always Love You" from the 1994 Grammy Awards telecast.

More about Whitney Houston around the Web:

Whitney Houston - Wikipedia coverage includes a complete biography, career highlights including discography & filmography plus publicity photos, album & CD covers, related links.

Whitney Houston - The official site with news & career updates, biography, online chat & discussion boards, related links to Whitney Houston fan sites.

Whitney Houston Lyrics - Complete lyrics in a huge catalog of Whitney Houston hits including I Wanna Dance with Somebody, How Will I Know, The Great Love of All, Saving All My Love for You, I Will Always Love You, Run to You, and more.

Classic Whitney Houston - Online tribute to Houston at her career height, featuring picture galleries of album & CD covers, magazine scans & publicity photos, audio & video clips, bio, movie & music reviews, related discussion forum.

All Whitney Houston - Archived fan site with extensive picture collection by year, bio, career chronology & professional accomplishments, chart history & sales statistics.


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