The multi-talented, multi-award-winning singer was found dead on Feb. 11 in the bathtub of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton, on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy awards. While Houston’s recent past had been a troubled one — a tumultuous, drug-addled marriage to singer Bobby Brown ended in divorce in 2006 — the upcoming release of her new film Sparkle seemed to have her primed for a comeback. “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston,” Mariah Carey tweeted — just one of countless fans, friends and celebrities who mourned the loss of the singer. Houston was buried Feb. 18 in Newark, N.J. Her Bodyguard costar Kevin Costner, among others, paid tribute to the singer in a memorial service that was streamed live over the Internet. The autopsy report, issued some weeks later, said Houston had accidentally drowned due to the effects of heart disease “complicated by chronic cocaine use.” She was 48.
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