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Whitney Houston’s inimitable singing voice launched her to global superstardom in the 1980s, but it was a career destined to be cut tragically short. Now, eight years after her sudden passing rocked the music industry, her final words have been revealed. And for her legions of devoted fans, they’re enough to make the singer’s turbulent story even more heartbreaking.

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It probably seemed inevitable that Houston would end up becoming a singer. After all, her mother Cissy was a renowned figure on the American gospel scene, and often invited her daughter on stage with her. When she was just 19 years old, the younger Houston signed to Arista Records, and the rest is history. However, while she would go on to enjoy a hugely successful career, it was one that ultimately ended prematurely.

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