Remembering Whitney Houston [SLIDESHOW]

During Whitney Houston’s 48 yearlong life, she would rise to become one of the most celebrated singers of all time, only to succumb to her tragic drug addiction.

In her prime, Houston sold millions of records, received countless awards and starred in several blockbuster films. But years of drug abuse and a troubled marriage took their toll on the singer, and by the late nineties her star began to fade.

Her albums and concerts were not what fans had come to expect from her earlier hits, and she became tabloid fodder for all of her personal struggles. Houston did several stints in rehab to no avail.

As the singer’s public appearances and interviews became more erratic, her personal life began to unravel. In 2004, she filed for divorce from husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, after the pair’s relationship was on public display in the Bravo reality series, “Being Bobby Brown.”

In 2009, Houston sat down with Oprah Winfrey in an interview where she admitted that by 1996, “[doing drugs] was an everyday thing… I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself.”

Houston was poised for a comeback in 2012. She recently wrapped production of the film, “Sparkle,” alongside Jordin Sparks. The film features Houston’s last original song and hits theaters Aug. 17.

But even with a new film and new music in the works, Houston could not escape her personal demons.

On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston died in the Beverly Hilton hours before she was set to perform at mentor Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy’s party. The Los Angeles coroner’s office said that the singer was found submerged in a bathtub in her hotel room.

The Daily Caller looks back on the rise and fall of the music icon — what would have been the singer’s 49th birthday, Aug. 9, 2012:

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  • Two days before her death, Houston was seen looking disheveled while leaving a Hollywood club. The singer claimed to be drug-free over the past few years.
  • In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston admitted to years of drug abuse.
  • Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown was chronicled in the 2004 Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown.' The show glimpsed into their trainwreck of a marriage and cast the pair in an unflattering light.
  • In 2002, Houston sat down with Diane Sawyer to address drug rumors and admitted to cocaine use. The infamous interview, in which Houston said "crack is whack," was the highest-ranked TV interview in history.
  • Houston looked frighteningly thin at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2001.
  • By 2000, Houston shed her good girl pop image and started behaving erratically at interviews and concerts.
  • Houston starred in the critical and commercial success "Waiting to Exhale" in 1995.
  • Houston won seven American Music Awards in 1994 for "The Bodyguard" soundtrack.
  • After the success of her albums, Houston delved into films. 1992's "The Bodyguard" --- about a singer who has a stalker and falls in love with her bodyguard (Kevin Costner) --- was a commercial success, grossing $410 million worldwide.
  • Whitney Houston married troubled R&B singer, Bobby Brown, in 1992. Brown had several run-ins with the law during their 12 year marriage.
  • Houston's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl was so popular it was turned into a single.
  • "I Wanna Dance (With Somebody)" was Houston's first single off of her second album, "Whitney." It immediately skyrocketed to number one on the Billlboard charts.
  • Houston became the first female to have four number-one singles on her second album, "Whitney."
  • Houston won her first Grammy in 1986 for the single "Saving All My Love for You."
  • "Greatest Love of All" became Houston's third number-one single
  • "How Will I Know" was Houston's first number-one single in the U.S. and gained prominence with its video on heavy rotation on MTV.
  • Whitney Houston's debut album, "Whitney Houston," gained international acclaim, selling 25 million copies worldwide

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