WHITNEY Houston has died at the age of 48.
The singer — as famous for her golden voice as she was for the troubles — passed away Saturday, just hours before Houston was due to perform at music mogul Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“I can confirm that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We received a call at 3:43 p.m. from hotel security and Beverly Hills fire and police responded minutes later,” Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen told People magazine.
“Someone in her entourage found her unresponsive in her room … It’s unclear who notified hotel staff because she has quite an entourage here at the hotel. We attempted to resuscitate her, to no avail.
“At this time, there’s no obvious evidence of foul play or cause of death.”
Earlier this week, Whitney was spotted having a night out on the town in L.A. at “Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party” at Tru Hollywood.
The star has a 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with ex-husband Bobby Brown.
The two wed in 1992, and the following year Brown was charged with domestic abuse. After several rocky years together, the couple divorced in 2007.
The Recording Academy was among the first to release a statement after Houston’s death: “Six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.”
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