Stars Who Left Us Too Soon

It's never easy to say goodbye, but it's especially hard when the great – like Diem Brown, Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman – die young

WHITNEY HOUSTON, 48

Known simply as The Voice, Houston ruled the pop charts with such hits as "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." But the troubled star, whose struggles with addiction and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown often overshadowed her talent, will best be remembered for her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" – the mega-selling track from her 1992 film debut in The Bodyguard. Fittingly, it was that Houston classic that played nearly 20 years later during her funeral at her childhood church in Newark, N.J., where the 48-year-old was laid to rest after being found dead from accidental drowning in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012.