5. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is unquestionably one of the greatest female recording artists of all-time. She rose to fame during the 1980s and possessed mesmerizing singing abilities to go along with radiant beauty. During her career she released numerous hit records, appeared consistently on MTV, and landed a hit Hollywood film role in “The Bodyguard.” Unlike others on this list who had torturous childhoods or truly bad luck that led to their death, Houston’s is slightly different though no less tragic.
Her marriage to Bobby Brown is believed to have led to her alleged addiction to crack cocaine and by the early 2000s the effects of years of drug abuse could be seen in her appearance and heard in her voice. Houston died on February 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, CA while preparing for an appearance at the Grammy Awards. While her death was ruled an accidental drowning, it was noted that the drowning was the result of the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.