Whitney Houston dead at 48

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Submitted: Sun, 02/12/2012 - 4:12am
Updated: Mon, 02/13/2012 - 3:22am

By Sheila Marikar

Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48.

Houston’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to ABC News. The cause of death is not yet known.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said the singer died in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Police got a 911 call from hotel security at 3:43 p.m, he said. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

He said the cause of death has not yet been determined.

“No obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death,” Rosen said.

Houston was scheduled to perform in the evening at a pre-Grammy Awards gala at the hotel for producer and mentor Clive Davis. The party went on despite the star’s death, and the presence of numerous police vehicles, including the crime lab bus, outside the hotel.

Among the stars and celebrities who showed up for the party were singer Alicia Keyes, actor Tom Hanks, soul legend Gladys Knight, entrpreneur Richard Branson, and jazz great Herbie Hancock.


  • Grand Ole Party says:

    What a waste. Such a beautiful voice. She will be misssed.

  • Bobbi says:

    So said she…these things come in groups of three…next one, I bet, is named Demi.

  • guesty says:

    My money is that her cause of death will be either drug or alcohol related.

  • Guestalla says:

    It’s a shame so many “stars,” such as Whitney Houston lack critical judgment. Why did she have to abuse her body with the most destructive drugs available? The last photo of her is outside a Hollywood nightclub, and she looks completely wild, her hair matted with sweat.

    She took a walk on the wild side, and it killed her.

  • Guest12 says:

    When will these people learn that you cant mix drugs and booze. Yes she will be missed but come on WORLD WAKE UP…..When will you stop this???

  • Barry Batchelor says:

    voices of all time. What range she had.

  • Guest3230 says:

    so put her next to Mike Jackson and save room for Linsey low life.

    Who cares, another one bites the dust. Hollywoods finest.

  • Guest Lee says:

    The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back. We just learned a lot about you.

  • Charles Walters says:

    It is not just a lack of judgement by the artist, it is also the people who they surround themselves with that push them “to just try it, it makes you feel great”. This is nothing new Elvis, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, M.J., and a host of others have fallen into this trap, as well as millions of others who are just regular people. Personally I think the death penality should be used on the leaders of the drug cartels for shipping this crap into the US, and it should be done in public using the product they sell. Then we should isolate their countries, and refuse to give them any aid until they clean out all the crap these people are selling to the world.

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