Singer and actress Whitney Houston died on the 11th of February 2012.
Whitney was born into a musical family with her mother Cissy a gospel singer and her cousin being Dionne Warwick.
At age 11 she learnt to play the piano and sang in a choir at a Baptist Church.
As a teenager she performed on stage with her mother and other singers such as Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight.
She sang back up vocals on a few recordings and then worked as a fashion model in the early 80's.
In '83 she was spotted singing in a nightclub and Arista Records boss Clive Davis was urged to see her, which he did.
Her self titled debut album was released in February '85 and shot to Number 1.
It contained three Number 1 singles, How Will I Know, Saving All My Love For You and The Greatest Love Of All.
Her other 80's album just called Whitney, was also a Number 1 hit with four singles that topped the charts, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional, Where Do Broken Hearts Go and Didn't We Almost Have It All.
In '92 she married fellow singer Bobby Bown, whom she had met in 1989.
In the same year she appeared in her first movie, The Bodyguard, opposite Kevin Costner.
She performed six of the songs on the soundtrack and her cover of the Dolly Parton track I Will Always Love You became her biggest hit.
Whitney released two full albums in the 90's and had the hits I'm Your Baby Tonight, I'm Every Woman, I Have Nothing, I Believe In You And Me and the duet with Mariah Carey, When You Believe.
Whitney released three albums in the 2000's and sang duets with George Michael, Enrique Iglesias and Deborah Cox.
Whitney did not appear at a pre-Grammys party on the 11th of February and sadly she had died in a hotel room that afternoon.
Photo credit: <a href="/https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Whitney_Houston_Welcome_Home_Heroes_1_cropped.jpg" title="via Wikimedia Commons">PH2 Mark Kettenhofen</a> [Public domain]