Whitney Houston Dead at 48: A Look Back At The ex-Gospel Singer Who Helped Shape a Generation

Publicist Kristen Foster said Houston had died, but said the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

Houston first admitted to using drugs in a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009. She called her ex-husband Bobby Brown “her drug,” saying that she “didn’t do anything without him.” She also said marijuana laced with cocaine was their substance of choice, and they “would have ounces” of cocaine available at all times.

Houston was among the biggest stars of pop music in the 1980s and early 1990s, and her crossover into film in “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale” put her on top of the entertainment world. But a long struggle with drugs put her career in eclipse for a decade.

{FILE IMAGE: 2006} In 2010, Houston launched her “Nothing but Love” world tour. Though some said Houston’s signature voice showed the stress of her ups and downs, she soldiered on, putting on shows in Asia, Australia and Europe even though fans and critics panned her performances.

She attempted a comeback in 2009, but she was unable to quiet the rumors that she was using drugs again.

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