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Whitney Houston dead at 48

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Whitney Houston, the multi-Grammy winning singer, has died, according to the Associated Press. 

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the pop star of the '80s and '90s had died, however the cause or her location were unclear.

Houston, who was married to pop singer Bobby Brown, reeled off a collection of hits in the '80s like "How Will I Know," and  ''Saving All My Love for You". One of her biggest sellers was in the '90s the Dolly Parton penned  "I Will Always Love You." from the film "The Bodyguard," in which she starred.

In 1991 before Super Bowl XXV, Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner", a rendition that was hugely popular and was a hit single. Ten years later after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the single was re-released and skyrocketed to number 6 on the pop charts.

The singer's bouts with drug use were well-publicized and are believed to have hampered her singing voice. 

Born in Newark, New Jersey to Grammy winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, Whitney and her mother were not the only musicians in the family.  Legendary singer Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick were her cousins and Aretha Franklin was her godmother.

Houston was 48.

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