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Whitney Houston Dead At 48

Christine Detz, Dan Watson |
February 11, 2012 | 5:45 p.m. PST

Staff Reporters


Whitney Houston (Creative Commons)
Whitney Houston (Creative Commons)
Legendary pop singer and actress Whitney Houston, whose remarkable vocal range made her one of the most celebrated acts of the 20th century before drugs ravaged her image, has died at the age of 48. 

Houston died at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The cause of death was still unknown, according to early reports. 

"It's too fresh, too new to have any details," said Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Mark Rosen. 

Rosen added that there were no obvious signs of criminal intent.

A 911 call was made at 3:43 p.m. by hotel security after they received a call from an unidentified person in Houston's hotel room, according to Rosen. CNN reports that Houston's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ray J, was the one that found the singer dead in her hotel room. Ray J has denied this account, according to Daily Beast. Houston was reported as being unresponsive. 

Three minutes later, medics arrived and tried to resuscitate Houston. She was pronounced dead at 3:55, Rosen said. 

As of 7:30 p.m., Houston's body was still in the room on the fourth floor, where much of her entourage was staying. Crime Scene Investigators and detectives were still present. 

"This is protocol when there is an unattended and unexpected death of someone who died far too young," Rosen said. 

Houston was set to attend a Grammy Pre-Party at the Hilton, hosted by Clive Davis on Saturday night. That party is expected to proceed. 

Houston's pop music career made her a megastar during the 1980s and 90s, but was later marred by drug use and a turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown. 

Houston also took her talent to movies, where she starred in hits "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Bodyguard."


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