The singer was only 48-years-old, which has given rise to a significant amount of speculation concerning her cause of death.
Houston remains one of the most awarded women ever, having won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 22 American Music Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards among a plethora of others.
She began singing at the New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir a little before she hit her teens, and eventually began performing with her mother – Cissy Houston, who was also a singer – at nightclubs.
After being spotted by Clive Davis – who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer – she went on to release seven studio albums three more with movie soundtracks.
Following her death, Dolly Parton, whose song ‘I Will Always Love You’ Houston covered, reportedly said: “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’.”