whitney-houstonIt’s been reported that talented but troubled pop diva WHITNEY HOUSTON has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 48.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963, the cousin of singer DIONNE WARWICK and the daughter of a gospel singer, HOUSTON grew up singing in a church choir and landed professional management by the time she turned 15. Trained as a gospel singer, some of HOUSTON’S best-known hits include HOW WILL I KNOW, GREATEST LOVE OF ALL and I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU from the 1992 movie THE BODYGUARD, in which she also starred.

Since her career kicked off in 1985 with her self-titled debut album, HOUSTON has sold more than 170 million records, singles and videos around the world and is one of music’s most decorated female artists, with more than 400 awards. Recent years, however, saw her life plagued with drug problems, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage and divorce from singer BOBBY BROWN.