From her '80s chart reign to disturbing TV moments to ever-present hopes for a comeback to the shocking news of her death before the 2012 Grammys: a life in review
Houston spent the end of the year filming Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 film. It had been scheduled to be released Aug. 10. She played the mother of Jordin Sparks' titular aspiring singer.
Houston dies at age 48, hours before her mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party.