A look back Whitney Houston's career
12 February 2012 Last updated at 19:36 GMT
Whitney Houston sold 170 million albums, singles and videos, and won six Grammy awards during her 30 year career.
Having grown up in New Jersey, Houston began singing in church and then in the night clubs of New York, and was a model before being signed by Arista Records.
To this day, she holds the record for having the most consecutive chart-topping singles in the US - reaching number one seven times between 1985 and 1988.
The BBC's David Sillito looks back at her life.