Jena Greene | Reporter
Today, August 9, is Whitney Houston’s birthday.
The pop diva would have been 55 years old today. Unfortunately, the “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” singer died on February 11, 2012 when she was just 48 years old. But she left behind a considerable legacy.
As a young girl, Houston started as a fashion model but was quickly discovered for her musical talent. As she rose to fame in the 1980s, her debut album, “Whitney Houston,” outsold the Beatles with 25 million copies worldwide. She became the only woman to have seven consecutive #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 list. To this date, the record has never been broken.
Whitney Houston was one of many singers who struggled with substance abuse. She openly battled her addiction with cocaine, and was ultimately overcome by the drug when she drowned in her Beverly Hills Hotel bathtub due to a cocaine-induced heart attack in 2012.
Although Whitney Houston’s story ended tragically, she led a life of success and prominence. Check out some of her most iconic photos below.
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