Whitney Houston, winner of multiple music awards, singer of 11 chart-topping hits on the Hot 100 and one of the biggest superstars to emerge from the 1980s, has died at the age of 48, it has been reported. No cause of death has been announced yet, nor has there been any word on where she died. Houston was working on a remake of the movie Sparkle with fellow singer/actors Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green.
Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston in Newark, New Jersey, the singer was the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston and the cousin of acclaimed Grammy winner Dionne Warwick. Whitney found her musical footing at a young age by singing in her church choir and playing piano.
Houston signed with Arista Records in 1983 and was taken under the wing of music mogul Clive Davis. After the release of her 1985 blockbuster debut Whitney Houston and 1987’s Whitney, she became, along with Madonna and Michael Jackson, one of the biggest pop superstars of the 1980s.
Whitney’s success continued into the ’90s with such albums as I’m Your Baby Tonight and the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, the 1992 film she also starred in with Kevin Costner. The latter LP spent 20 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, and is the last album to spend that length of time in the peak position on the chart to date.
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