Whitney Houston - the original diva dies at 48

Whitney Houston - the original diva dies at 48

Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner are shown in a scene from their 1992 film "The Bodyguard" in this undated publicity photograph released to Reuters. Houston, whose soaring voice lifted her to the top of the pop music world but whose personal decline was fueled by decades of drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Richard Branson (C), honoree at the pre-Grammy gala event that Whitney Houston was supposed to perform in, arrives at the back of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Grammy-winning singer and actress Houston, one of the most talented performers of her generation who lived a turbulent personal life and admitted drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Singer and producer Swizz Beatz (facing camera) hugs Clive Davis after Davis arrived for his pre-Grammy gala that Whitney Houston was supposed to attend at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Grammy-winning singer and actress Houston, one of the most talented performers of her generation who lived a turbulent personal life and admitted drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Singer Alicia Keys (L) hugs record producer Clive Davis after Davis arrived for his pre-Grammy gala that Whitney Houston was supposed to attend, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Grammy-winning singer and actress Houston, one of the most talented performers of her generation who lived a turbulent personal life and admitted drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner dance in a scene from their 1992 film "The Bodyguard", in this undated publicity photograph released to Reuters February 11, 2012. Houston, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Officials stand outside a loading dock door of the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Whitney Houston was found dead in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Singer and actress Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston shows off the seven awards she won February 7 at the 21st American Music Awards, in this file photo taken February 8, 1994. Singer and actress Whitney Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said. (REUTERS)

The Beverly Hilton Hotel is seen after singer Whitney Houston was found dead inside in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Singer and actress Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said. (REUTERS)

Singer and actress Whitney Houston (C) poses with her former husband, singer Bobby Brown (R) and their daughter Bobbi (L) at Disneyland in Anaheim, in this file photo taken August 7, 2004. Singer and actress Whitney Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said. (REUTERS)

South African President Nelson Mandela and American pop star Whitney Houston smile for photographers in Johannesburg in this November 10, 1994 file photo. Singer and actress Whitney Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said on February 11, 2012. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston attends the Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, California, in this file photo taken February 12, 2011. Houston has died, according to her publicist on February 11, 2012. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Singer Whitney Houston performs the song "Try It On My Own" during the "VH1Divas Duets" concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in this file photo taken May 22, 2003. Houston has died, according to her publicist on February 11, 2012. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston performs before winning for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards, in this file photo taken February 23, 2000. Houston has died, according to her publicist on February 11, 2012. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Singer Whitney Houston gestures at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California, in this file photo taken February 9, 2008. Houston has died, according to her publicist on February 11, 2012. She was 48. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston poses with her Grammy after she was named Best Pop Vocal Performer - Female at the 30th annual Grammy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall in this March 2, 1988 file photo. Singer and actress Whitney Houston, winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said on February 11, 2012. (REUTERS)

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen holds a press conference outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel after Whitney Houston's death in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Houston, winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said. Rosen told reporters at the briefing that emergency assistance received a call from the Beverly  Hilton at around 3:20 p.m. PST, and the singer was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (REUTERS)

Whitney Houston smiles at a news conference in New York in this July 11, 1988 file photo. Singer and actress Whitney Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said on February 11, 2012. (REUTERS)

Singer Whitney Houston accepts the International Artist of the Year award at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, in this file photo taken November 22, 2009. Houston has died, according to her publicist on February 11, 2012. She was 48. (REUTERS)

11/11/96 Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in the new movie "The Preachers Wife". (GETTY/GALLO)

Whitney Houston performing on the Michael Jackson '30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years' concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. (GETTY/GALLO)

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