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Whitney Houston's Headstone: 'I Will Always Love You'

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 11:37 AM

Whitney Houston's New Jersey gravesite is marked by a tear-shaped tombstone that contains the quote "I will always love you."

The line, which is memorable to her fans, is a reference to the song by the same name, which she sang during her 1992 film "The Bodyguard."

The 48-year-old singer died Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif., in a hotel bathtub on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards. A subsequent autopsy found that the singer had accidentally drowned.

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At the time of her death, Houston was also found to have had heart disease and used cocaine, which according to the autopsy were contributing factors in her death, The Associated Press reported.

During her life, Houston battled drug and alcohol addiction, having entered rehab for the third time in 2011.

In addition to her name and the dates of her death and birth, the tombstone also has a cross next to an engraved portrait of the late award-winning singer, as well as the words "THE VOICE" etched in capital letters, the AP notes.

The cross is significant due to the fact that Houston's roots, early influences, and musical training was in gospel music, with her mother Cissy, a gospel singer, being her first music teacher.

Other singers in Houston's family included her godmother Aretha Franklin and cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, all of whom shared gospel music as a fundamental component of their artistry.

The award-winning singer was laid to rest in at a brief private ceremony in Westfield, N.J. next to her father, who died in 2003.

Houston's Newark, N.J., funeral reportedly cost $187,000.

In "The Bodyguard," Houston played a pop-singing diva who falls in love with a former secret service agent, played by Kevin Costner, who saves her life.

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"I Will Always Love You" was an adaptation of Dolly Parton's country song with the same name that was released in 1974.

The soundtrack for "The Bodyguard," which contained Houston's version of Parton's song as well as four other singles by the extremely talented late singer, sold more than 12 million copies.

A recording of the song was played at Houston's funeral.

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