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Miss Houston died just hours before she was scheduled to perform at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards bash. Her family plans a private church service in her hometown of Newark, N.J., on Saturday.

Miss Houston, a sensation from her first, eponymous album in 1985, was one of the world’s best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “How Will I Know,” “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You.” But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn’t hit the high notes.

Interest in her music has skyrocketed since her death, pushing her songs back onto charts and into heavy rotation on the radio.

• Associated Press Writer Greg Risling contributed to this report.