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Whitney Houston Passes Away at 48

On Saturday, February 11, 2012, legendary pop singer Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48. Her passing was reported by her publicist Kristen Foster to the press. The details behind her death are still unknown.

Houston was known as pop music's queen, and her angelic voice produced several hits over her successful career. Her image in life would later be tarnished as she struggled with a difficult marriage to Bobby Brown and became addicted to several illegal drugs.

During the '80s and the '90s, Whitney Houston became one of the most recognized voices in pop music. She released numerous number one singles. Her voice was described as perfect by music mogul Clive Davis. Whitney Houston also tested her acting abilities in successful films such as The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale.

Whitney Houston was first introduced to the world in 1985, with the release of her first album, Whitney Houston. This album went on to sale millions and even earned Houston a Grammy nod for best female pop vocal with Saving All My Love for You.

In 1992, Houston married Bobby Brown, a well-known singer from New Edition. Their marriage would have many rocky moments. Brown was labeled a "bad boy," and his DUI arrests only added to this image. The couple displayed their strange union in Brown's reality show, Being Bobby Brown. Fans questioned Houston's frazzled appearance on the show. Their wild marriage finally ended in 2007.

Even with hit after hit padding her bank account, Houston found herself in a dark place. She started experimenting with hard-core drugs, and her public behavior became more and more erratic. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Houston proclaimed "crack is whack," but many viewers felt she was high on the drug when she said this.

Despite a dramatic and tumultuous life, Whitney Houston leaves behind a legacy of pop music that will be hard to surpass. Stars, such as Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, have been inspired by Houston's amazing vocal talents. Fans will forever appreciate the musical gifts that Whitney Houston left behind.