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Singer Whitney Houston's death yesterday in Los Angeles shocked the world. The Queen of Pop died at the young age of 48; and while the cause of death is unknown, there are several reports leaking that prescription pills were found at the scene.


While Houston was familiar to so many across the world, many of those same fans don't know much about her aside from her singing success.

Here's a list of facts you may not know about the Queen of Pop, compiled by

1) Whitney Houston, born on August 9, 1963, came from music business royalty. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a backup singer for the likes of Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin. Whitney’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, is an internationally recognized singing star. Whitney’s Godmother is Aretha Franklin. [Source: Wikipedia]


2) Houston is the most awarded female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Houston’s awards include: 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards. [Source: Wikipedia]

3) Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). [Source: Wikipedia]

4) Houston’s 1985 debut album, “Whitney Houston,” became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. [Source: Wikipedia]

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