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Whitney Houston Dead at 48

The singer was pronounced dead shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

spokesman Lt. Mark Rosen confirmed that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at about 3:55 p.m. at the hotel. He said emergency personnel responded to a call from the hotel at 3:43 p.m. and began resuscitation efforts on Houston upon arrival, but were unable to revive her. There are reportedly no signs of foul play.

Pop star Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed the death of the singer Saturday, but did not reveal how or where the singer had died.

According to the Los Angeles Times and the website TMZ, Houston died at the hotel. TMZ published a photograph taken Saturday of a Beverly Hills police crime lab vehicle outside the hotel. The Hilton is hosting a pre-Grammy party Saturday evening.

Houston's death comes one day before the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which are being held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. A six-time Grammy winner herself, Houston reigned over the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s with hits like How Will I Know, Saving All My Love for You and I Will Always Love You. She also crossed over into acting with starring roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife.

One of the world's best-selling artists, Houston's career and strong voice suffered during a tumultuous marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown that lasted from 1992-2007. The couple reportedly battled drug and alcohol addictions. They had one child together, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was born in 1993.

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This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

Krystal Brown February 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Tony you seem to have quite a bit of knowledge on the topic and i agree with what you have said. The type A comment, I had to laugh at from Ben, because I am a type A. They people who are naturally driven to do things rather than not. Hence "naturally". I think now i said "think", nothing to back it... that type A's would be less productive less driven if they were to use some that other types use to become driven or motivational which deters type A's from wanting to, well it does me anyway. For instance i cant watch tv because its too boring and i feel unproductive if i do. thats just my opinion,. whitney houston is just a person like anyone else she is no different from me or you, its very sad that she was so young, and my heart goes out to her child. i lost my mother to cancer and she was 52, there are days i still need my mom. and for that i am sad that her daughter being so young will endure that pain.
Krystal Brown February 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
on the topic of addiction, it leads to the brain and the grey matter which is our instant gratification, there was a study on the brain and people who are prone to addiction have more activity in their area of instant pleasure, such as over eaters, drug users, and smokers, so its now thought to not be just a cjoice, however a brain function that works against you. which makes more sense then wanting to believe someone chooses to destroy their self
sheryl smith February 14, 2012 at 01:07 PM
OH SHUT UP. SHE'S DEAD, HER CHOICE. BOO HOO. HOW ABOUT THE MILLONS ELSEWHERE THAT HAVE DIED NOT BY THEIR CHOICE.
Tony Ballew February 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Sheryl....I'm not sure she chose to die...
Manny Otiko February 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Very sad. I am tired of reading about entertainers who drugged and drunk themselves to death.

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