Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

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Feb. 12 2012 3:22 PM

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston, an undeniable talent with an earth-shattering voice, has died at 48.

The pop queen was found dead in Beverly Hills Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No cause of death has been reported, but authorities said there were no signs of foul play.

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The first female artist to have a record enter the Billboard charts at number one, Houston's incredible instrument wowed audiences and fans with a mix of church choir training and backup singer bombast. Discovered by Clive Davis in a nightclub in the 1980s, Houston's debut solo album "Witney Houston" unleashed a surprisingly versatile voice into the world of pop, and sold over 10 million copies. A version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," featured in the soundtrack to her movie "Bodyguard," became one of her most ubiquitous hits. 

A giant talent was unfortunately matched by giant personal challenges. A fractious marriage to singer Bobby Brown and an addiction to cocaine haunted the pop star. Houston was in Beverly Hills to attend various Grammy Awards celebrations.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.