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We take a look at the life of US superstar Whitney Houston who has died at the age of 48.
US superstar Whitney Houston was born on August 9 1963 in Newark, New Jersey.
The 'I Will Always Love You' singer became one of the world's best-selling music artists, selling over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
After dating for three years Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown who she met at the 'Soul Train Music Awards' on July 18, 1992. The pair separated in September 2006.
Whitney's self-titled debut album included hit singles such as 'Saving All My Love for You', 'How Will I Know' and 'Greatest love Of All'.
Whitney Houston's musical roots are deep within gospel music. She followed in her musical family's footsteps and was performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark by the age of 11, before being spotted by music mogul Clive Davis.
Whitney came from a musical family, with her mother Cissy Houston having sang for such acts as Elvis and Michael Jackson. She was the cousin of stars Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick and her Godmother was legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
The Greatest Love World Tour (1986) was Whitney Houston's first headlining worldwide tour in support of her multi-platinum debut album.
In 1993 Houston gave birth to her first and only child Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.
The singer's personal life and battle with drugs was highly publicised and placed a massive strain on her career during her final years.
In 1998 Houston teamed up with Mariah Carey on hit single 'When You Believe'.
Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.
Whitney was also known for her starring role as Rachel Marron in the 1992 film The Bodyguard. She performed alongside Hollywood star Kevin Costner and the soundtrack 'I WIll Always Love You' has become one of her greatest all time songs.
She has 6 studio albums to her name including her 1985 self titled debut and her last record 2009's 'I Look To You'.
She has featured in 4 films including 'The Bodyguard' The Preacher's Wife' and the forthcoming 'Sparkle' will be a posthumous release.
She is the only artist to have charted seven consecutive hits in the Billboard Top 100 chart in the US.
In 2009, the Guiness World Records cited her as being the most awarded female act of all time.
Her earliest recording came in 1978 on Michael Zager's 'Life's A Party' where she provides background vocals and contributes as the lead in certain parts of the track too.
Whitney enjoyed a career as a model before finding musical fame and was the first African American to appear on the front cover of 'Seventeen' magazine in 1981.
In 1985, her debut album became the best selling debut album by a female act of all time at its time of release.
During her infamous 2002 interview on ABC with Diane Sawyer she declared "The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy." It is reportedly one of the highest rated interviews of all time.
She has released 53 singles including 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'I Will Always Love You', 'My Love Is Your Love' and 'I'm Every Woman'.
In 1989, she established The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children Inc. This is a non-profit organization which has assisted with problems for the homeless, AIDS and issues of self-empowerment.
She was a keen supporter of Nelson Mandela and in 1994, she performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring the newly elected South African president.
Her last tour was 2010's 'Nothing But Love' world outing. She performed at London's O2 Arena and her final date was at the Manchester Evening News Arena, now known simply as the Manchester Arena.
One of her many famous quotes is: "God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there? My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don’t fight it."
Whitney poses with Bruce Springsteen after presenting him with the Best Original Song Oscar in 1993 for his track 'Streets of Philadelphia' at the 66th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Her last acting credit comes in the forthcoming movie 'Sparkle' which is described as a musical drama of a girl group dealing with fame and drugs.
The star is all smiles as she poses with her first ever Grammy Award. She picked up the prize for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986 for 'Saving All My Love For You'.
The star picked up a total of seven American Music Awards in 1994 losing out in just one category on the night.
The singer performed all over the world including this date at New York's Madison Square Garden in September of 1987.
The star has embarked on a total of five world tours and in 1986 performed at an All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1991, she performed the US National Anthem before the Super Bowl XXV. Her rendition was so powerful and emotional, it was eventually released as a charity single.
During the FIFA World Cup of 1994 in California, Whitney performed six tracks at the closing ceremony. She came on stage with Brazilian legend Pele before the final game between Italy and Brazil.
Whitney made countless high profile award show performances including a total of eight at a variety of Grammy Award ceremonies - the most recent of those being in 2000 at the 42nd Grammys.
Whitney immersed herself in her charity work and can be seen here following her speech at a rally in London's Hyde Park where she spoke about showing support to people suffering from AIDS and HIV.
A young fresh faced Whitney Houston is seen here posing with music producer Clive Davis, in 1983.
Whitney Houston and Mary J Blige joined forces on stage at the VH1 Divas concert in Las Vegas of May 2002 where they collaborated at the climax of Mary's 'Rainy Dayz'.
Whitney puts her arm around Stevie Wonder after she presented him with the award of Merit for outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public during the 21st American Music Awards in 1994.
Whitney Houston smiles and waves after she collected the World Artist Award For Lifetime Achievement alongside cousin Dione Warwick at the Congress Centre in Hamburg, Germany.
Whitney and then husband Bobby Brown pose on their wedding day in 1992.
Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48. She was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday 11th February 2012.
The star passed away almost exactly one month after soul singer Etta James.
Stars such as Rihanna and Katy Perry have lead the tributes to the singer. RiRi said: No words, Just tears," with Katy adding "So devastating. We will always love you Whitney R.I.P."
Shortly after the singer's death, her ex husband Bobby Brown took to the stage in Mississippi and confessed: "Whitney - I Love You," as he blew kisses to the sky.