Whitney Houston, musical superstar, dies

Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

With her incredible vocal range and purity, runway good looks and girl-next-door charm, Whitney Houston was an out-of-the-box superstar when she arrived on the music scene in 1985.

Her meteoric rise included record-setting hits, groundbreaking videos and a promising film career. But by the mid-1990s, rumors of marital woes and drug abuse began to tarnish her image and she took a downward spiral that saw her name emblazoned in sordid tabloid headlines rather than glowing reports of musical success.