Whitney Houston | 1963-2012

Whitney Houston, a willowy church singer with a towering voice who became a titan of the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s, died Feb. 11 at the age of 48. By then much of her success had crumbled away amid the fumes of addiction and reckless ego. The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled her death an accidental drowning and reported that cocaine in her system contributed to her death.

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Sources: Times reporting, Associated Press

Credits: Rosanna Xia, TimelineSetter