The music world was left stunned in 2012 when multiple Grammy winner Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in her Beverly Hills hotel room. And a documentary released six years later added further heart-breaking details to Houston’s already tragic story. Here’s a look at the allegations about the singer’s childhood that shocked both her fans and her family.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963, Whitney Houston grew up in a musical family. Her mother was the renowned gospel vocalist Cissy Houston, while her cousins included recording artists Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick. She also counted Aretha Franklin as an honorary aunt and Darlene Love as a godmother.