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Singer Whitney Houston dead at 48

Grammys Award winning singer, actress found dead at Beverly Hilton Hotel. Police say 'no obvious signs of any criminal intent'

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.


Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.



"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent," Rosen said. Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.


Rosen said police received an emergency call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 pm Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.


Houston's end came on the eve of music's biggest night – the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.


Houston was supposed to appear at the gala. Houston had been at rehearsals for the show Thursday. Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party with singer Kelly Price.


"I just can't talk about it now," Houston's godmother, Aretha Franklin, said in a short statement. "It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen."


In a statement, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said 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," Portnow said. "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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