2012 in review: 13 memorable entertainment stories

Slideshow posted in Photos | Saturday, December 29, 2012

3 of 10: Whitney Houston's death

There was an early tragedy this year as news came in of Whitney Houston's death on February 11. Houston was found dead in a bathtub at in a Beverly Hills hotel bathroom in Los Angeles. She was only 48 years old at the time of her death.

After an investigation, her death was ruled an accidental drowning, spurred by cocaine use and a pre-existing heart condition. Houston had battled substance abuse for years, but had been mounting a comeback with new music and a role in the remake of the musical 'Sparkle,' which was released in August 2012.

Houston was laid to rest at a private ceremony in New Jersey on February 19. Several celebrities including Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Tyler Perry, Clive Davis and Queen Latifah, attended a memorial service for the singer held on the previous day.

Kevin Costner delivered a moving speech about working with Houston on the set of the 1992 film 'The Bodyguard.' The film led to one of her biggest hits, a cover of Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You.' Houston's version spent 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

'Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren't just good enough, you were great,' Costner continued. 'You set the bar so high that professional singers, your own colleagues, they don't want to sing that little country song. What would be the point? Now, the only ones who sing your songs are young girls like you, who are dreaming of being you some day.'

Many stars paid tribute to Houston throughout the year at various award ceremonies including Jennifer Hudson, who performed 'I Will Always Love You' during the 2012 Grammy Awards on February 12, just one day after Houston's death.

The contents of Whitney Houston's will surfaced on March 7 and it was revealed that everything was left to the singer's only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown. In August, Brown got a tattoo in honor of her mother on the eve of what would have been Houston's 49th birthday.

(Pictured: Whitney Houston appears in a scene from the 2012 movie 'Sparkle.') (Sony Pictures)

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