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Whitney Elizabeth Houston
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Whitney Houston in 1991
Background information
Birth nameWhitney Elizabeth Houston
BornAugust 9, 1963(1963-08-09)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
DiedFebruary 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[2]
Years active1977–2012
  • Arista
  • RCA (following the disbandment of Arista)
WebsiteOfficial website of Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012[1][2]) was an American pop and R&B singer.

Early years

Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey. She was the second child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. and gospel singer Cissy Houston.[3]

Whitney began singing at a young age in gospel music at church, being influenced by her mother. She was described as having an impressive ranging mezzo-soprano voice. In 1983, she was discovered by an Arista Records representative and signed to the label.


Houston married Bobby Brown in 1992. In 1993, they had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. In a 2009 interview, Houston indicated the marriage was both passionate and turbulent. Their marital relationship was marred by drug use and by Brown's professional jealousy, psychological abuse, and physical confrontations. The couple divorced in 2007.[4]


On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner's report stated that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub. Her funeral was televised.[5]


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