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Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48

February 11, 2012 |  5:15 pm
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Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear.

At her peak in the 1980s and '90s, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world's top-selling artists.

PHOTOS: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Among her hits were “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.” She won multiple Grammy Awards, including album and record of the year.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies such as “The Bodyguard.”

But by the end of her career, her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.


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Photo: Whitney Houston during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 2000. Credit: Mark J. Terrill