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On February 11, 2012, American pop icon, Whitney Houston was found unconscious at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in the suite 434. Houston was found submerged in the hot water of her bathtub. Soon, she was declared dead. The causes of her death were not immediately disclosed but later the Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Whitney Houston's death was caused by accidental drowning. Drug abuse and atherosclerotic heart disease, however, were also mentioned as causes. It was revealed that the pop star had used cocaine shortly before death. The death was listed as an "accident". On Saturday, February 18, 2012, a memorial service was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey and was attended by several celebrities including Alicia Keys, CeCe Winans, Kevin Costner, Kim Burrell, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Oprah Winfrey, and Stevie Wonder.

Whitney is among the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2009, Houston entered the Guinness World Records cited as the most awarded female act. As of 2010 Houston had bagged over 415 career awards including 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards. She sold over 170 million albums, videos, and singles. "I Will Always Love You", "How Will I Know", "Saving All My Love for You", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" were among her best-selling songs. Houston's song "I Will Always Love You" from the film, 'The Bodyguard' is the best-selling single by a female artist in the history of music. This album helped Houston become the first act to sell over 1 million copies in a single week. Houston was also an iconic figure in the African American world and a role-model for inspired a number of African American female artists.
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