Whitney Houston can sing really well. But that talent has been overshadowed in recent years. That's what happens when you marry Bobby...

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Billy Joel once memorably sang that "Only the Good Die Young."

While his point was that you should live your life, not be consumed by preconceived inhibitions, the phrase certainly still rings true in modern day Hollywood.

Be it from substance abuse or other tragic circumstances, some of the world's most beloved stars have met an untimely end long before they should have.

From Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose and Paul Walker's fatal car crash to some whose deaths remained shrouded in mystery, it's a long list.

Scroll through The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of 21 shocking celebrity deaths below as we look back on some of the brightest stars who we lost too soon.

They may be gone from this world, but they are not forgotten:

21 Shocking Celebrity Deaths
Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.


Cory Monteith

2. Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith was 27 years old when he passed away. He overdosed on drugs during a night of partying in Vancouver.


Heath Ledger

3. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger left us with one final, amazing performance. He earned an Oscar for his work as The Joker.


Paul Walker

4. Paul Walker

Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.


Gia Allemand

5. Gia Allemand

Gia Allemand was only 29 when she died. The former Bachelor contestant took her own life.


James Gandolfini

6. James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51.


Amy Winehouse

7. Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse lived a hard life. She died of a drug overdose on July 23, 2011.


Gary Coleman

8. Gary Coleman

Rest in peace, Gary Coleman. The sitcom star left this world at the age from an intercranial hemorrhage.


Corey Haim

9. Corey Haim

We lost Corey Haim to a reported drug overdose in March 2010. He is remembered for a number of roles, such as Lost Boys.


Brittany Murphy

10. Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy poses here at the 2009 Video Music Awards. She passed away at the age of 32.


Michael Jackson

11. Michael Jackson

Celebrity death don't hit the world harder than that of Michael Jackson. He was 50 years old when he passed away.


Tupac Shakur

12. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur poses here with his mother. The rapper was gunned down at the age of 25.


Aaliyah

13. Aaliyah

The music world lost Aaliyah in 2001. She died in a plane crash.


Tim Russert

14. Tim Russert

Tim Russert was as respected as it gets in the world of journalism. He died in 2008.


Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

15. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was a key part of TLC. She was killed in a car accident.


Whitney Houston

16. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston passed away the night before the Grammys. She overdosed in a hotel bathtub.


Princess Diana

17. Princess Diana

Princess Diana was taken from us in 1997. The iconic figure died in a car crash.


Kurt Cobain

18. Kurt Cobain

Rest in peace, Kurt Cobain. The rocker committed suicide in 1997.


Anna Nicole Smith

19. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith died at the young age of 39. She lived a very troubled life.


Biggie Smalls

20. Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls got caught up in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. He was killed in 1997.


Natasha Richardson

21. Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson was married to Liam Neeson at the time of her death. She passed away from a skiing accident.


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According to a new report, Ray J absolutely lost it the day Whitney Houston died of a drug overdose.

Because he was distraught over the passing of his girlfriend at the time? Of course. But also because he allegedly overheard at least one police officer make disparaging remarks about the late singer.

Ray J on the Red Carpet

TMZ sources confirm that Ray J was standing outside the room when he heard laughter and some kind of rude comment, a story that jibes with someone else close to Houston complaining that an emergency responder was "talking trash" about her inside the suite.

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Whitney Houston would have celebrated a milestone today if she were still with us.

The late musical icon - who died of a drug overdose on February 11, 2012 - was born on August 9, 1963. So she would have been 50 years old today.

In honor of the occasion, let's relive Whitney's brightest moment, also known as The Singer Greatest Rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner in American History:

Since Whitney's death, her family has appeared on a reality show and her daughter Bobbi Kristina has been in the news for reasons both sad and tragic, happy and romantic.

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In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI has released 128 pages of files on Whitney Houston.

And based at least some of the documents, it looks like Houston was the subject of an extortion plot in 1992.

Whitney Houston on a Red Carpet

In a letter actually marked "extortion," a woman threatens to release "certain details" of the singer's "private life" unless she is paid $100,000. A subsequent note ups the ask to $250,000 and makes a reference to Houston's "romantic relationships."

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The music world lost an all-time great one year ago today.

Whitney Houston passed away from a drug overdose inside a hotel room on Grammy Awards Sunday in 2012, leaving behind her a troubled teenager and a legacy that may never be matched.

In the 365 days that have passed since Whitney left us, daughter Bobbi Kristina has battled her own personal demons, while Houston's family has signed in to star in a reality show.

Elsewhere, Cissy Houston just released a memoir about her child and contestants on singing shows such as The Voice and American Idol continue to honor the star by covering her best-known tracks.

There were an incredible number of them.

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston.

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Cissy Houston has been making the media rounds over the past few days, sharing memories of her late daughter and promoting her book, "Remember Whitney."

But there's at least one person who won't be reading this revealing biography: the late's singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Bobbi Kristina and Cissy Houston

"Anything concerning my grandmother's book, I and @nickgordon of course personally have nothing to with," the teenager has Tweeted to her nearly 120,000 followers, adding:

"I haven't read and won't... I find it to be disrespectful to my mother and me being her daughter won't tolerate it."

What do you think of Cissy penning this book?

 

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In an interview with The Today Show yesterday, Cissy Houston said she does not blame anyone for her daughter's death.

But Michael Houston taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey this week and admits that he got Whitney started on crack cocaine many, many years ago.

"You gotta understand at the time, Michael says. "[It was] the 80s... it was acceptable."

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Cissy Houston stopped by The Today Show this morning, partly to promote her new book, "Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped."

And partly to make all viewers cry.

During an emotional interview with Savannah Guthrie, Cissy remained mostly quiet and stoic, clearly still affected by her family's loss.

"I miss her so much, I can’t even express it," Cissy said of Whitney Houston, who died nearly a year ago.

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Nine months after the tragic passing of Whitney Houston, a new track by the legendary artist has been released.

Titled "Never Give Up," the song was recorded not long before Houston died in February. It's a sad, hip hop-inflected single whose lyrics focus on one's struggling to keep going in life.

Look for it to be included on "I Will Always Love You," the greatest hits album that comes out off RCA Records on November 13.

In September, Clive Davis unveiled a Whitney and R. Kelly duet, "I Look to You," which was also recorded in early 2012.

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Yes, Bobbi Kristina Brown is engaged to Nick Gordon.

And based on the following promo for The Houstons: On Our Own - the Lifetime reality series that premieres October 24 and isn't at all exploiting the death of Whitney Houston for ratings - her family is anything but happy over that news.

The 19-year old and the fiance who she got to know when her mother essentially adopted him as her son many years ago are at the center of this trailer, which paints the Houstons as on par with the Kardashians.

Hard to believe Whitney is looking down in approval of this nonsense. Watch for yourself:

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