Whitney Houston, Superstar of Records, Films Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died. CBS News reports Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was pronounced dead in her room on the fourth floor. The cause of her death is unknown, however foul play is not suspected, according to police.

Lt. Mark Rosen from the Beverly Hills Police Dept says, "We don't have any obvious signs of anything right now. It's too fresh our
detectives are upstairs right now."

The Grammys will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston on Sunday evening. Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich says the music industry will honor Houston's life and career during the show that airs on CBS Sunday evening.

Houston was scheduled to appear at a Pre-Grammy party at the hotel. The party is hosted by Clive Davis, the music producer who discovered her.

At her peak in the 1980s and `90s, Houston the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world's best-selling artists.

Among her hits were "How Will I Know," "Saving All My Love for You" and "I Will Always Love You." She won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies like "The Bodyguard." But Houston's professional successes were tempered by personal turmoil, like her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. The pair divorced in 2007, and have a daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Houston also had an ongoing battle with drugs. She admitted to abusing cocaine and pills. Her voice showed the trouble turning raspy and low.

British music critic Paul Gambaccini said, "She's lost quality in to her voice. She hasn't lost her artistic instincts."

Houston went to rehab and declared herself drug-free in 2010. But there were still missed concert dates and public meltdowns.

But by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.

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