Whitney Houston's death was a blow to the music industry. Houston was renowned as one of the most talented artists in the history of pop music. From I Will Always Love You to How Will I Know, Houston gave the world the gift of music in a way few other could.
Her passing falls in line with the loss of other legends this year, including Michael Jackson, Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Though she is gone, her music will live on forever.
Stars expressed their condolences via Twitter, remembering Houston for her unparalleled talent. They remember her best moments
She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth, tweeted Mariah Carey. It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed, tweeted Ton Bennett.
Many singers commented on how Whitney Houston was a personal inspiration. Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do. 'a few stolen moments if all that we share' RIP, posted singer P!nk. I found my voice singing Whitney Houston's music. Today I lost my idol, wrote Jessica Simpson.
Now, the isolated vocal track of Whitney Houston's How Will I Know is going viral. Of course the sudden death has encouraged people to clamor at pieces of her memory. However, this particular track is not only a Billboard hit, but it also shows the raw talent the 48-year-old once possessed.
According to her Web site, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos throughout the breadth of her career. Her first break-out hits came in the 1980s, with seven straight Billboard No. 1 tracks including Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know and Where Do Broken Hearts Go.
She just completed filming a role in Sparkle, a film loosely based on The Supremes due in theaters on Aug. 10 alongside Jordin Sparks.
In May 2011, Houston received help for her struggle with drugs and alcohol, her representative confirmed at the time according to CNN. She battled with this addiction until the day she died. Some early reports have hinted at drugs and alcohol contributing to her death.
Whitney Houston was married to Bobby Brown, whom she divorced in 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 18.
Listen to the isolated vocal audio of Whitney Houston's How Will I Know below.