Whitney Houston, singer, actress, dies at 48

Whitney Houston performs during the 21st annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium Feb. 7, 1994 in Los Angeles. On the strength of "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, the vocalist swept the awards with seven honors and also was named recipient of the award of Merit for "outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public." (Mark J. Terrill)

February 11, 2012 12:59:25 AM PST
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.