Gay Icon & Singer Legend Whitney Houston Dies At 48
The Huffington Post reports:
Whitney Houston is dead at 48-years-old, according to the Associated Press.
The superstar singer and actress’s publicist, Kristin Foster, broke the news of Houston’s passing to the AP, but thus far, no cause of death has been revealed. A winner of six Grammys, Houston sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
In recent years, she struggled with drug abuse. She is survived by daughter Bobbi Kristina and ex-husband Bobby Brown.
More to come…
UPDATE: According to Los Angeles Times, Whitney was found dead at a Beverly Hills hotel room:
Singer Whitney Houston died Saturday in Beverly Hills, according to law enforcement sources.
Authorities are trying to determine a cause of death. [Updated at 5:46 p.m.: She was found in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where emergency medical personnel were called sometime Saturday, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is ongoing.
Houston, 48, was in the Los Angeles area for a musical tribute to music executive Clive Davis and had performed and spoken to reporters earlier in the week.
The performer had drug and alcohol problems for years, and in May her spokeswoman said she was going back to rehab.
UPDATE II: According to TMZ, she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.
UPDATE III: According to CNN, hip hop star Ray J found Houston dead at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel ahead of the party honoring music exec. Clive Davis.
UPDATE IV: According to The Advocate, sources say that Jennifer Hudson will performa a tribute to Whitney Houston at tomorrow night’s Grammy Awards.
RELATED: According to TMZ, Dionne Warwick & Cissy Houston talked to Whitney before she died:
Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston spoke with Whitney Houston by phone just before she died and say Whitney seemed fine … TMZ has learned.
Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, spoke with her daughter 25-30 minutes before she died and nothing seemed unusual … sources tell TMZ. We’re told they talked about attending the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.
Dionne Warwick, Whitney’s cousin, called as well … several hours before Whitney died … to make sure they were sitting at the same table at Clive’s party. And again … there were no signs of trouble.
The people in touch with Dionne say she is inconsolable adding, “She is an absolute mess.”
As for Cissy, we’re told she is “hysterical.”
RELATED II: Simon Cowell just told Piers Morgan on CNN, that he and Whitney had schedule a meeting on Monday to discuss the offer of having Houston as a Mentor on the hit reality show “The X Factor USA”.
UPDATE V: According to TMZ, Whitney’s autopsy will happen today:
The autopsy on the body of Whitney Houston will be performed today, but we’re told any results will be deferred pending a toxicology report.
Although the cause of death is unknown, it is increasingly looking like Whitney may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub and drowned.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Beverly Hills cops retrieved approximately a half dozen pill bottles from Whitney’s room … including Xanax. No illicit drugs were found.
Whitney had been drinking the night before and authorities believe a combination of Xanax and alcohol could have fatally sedated her — although our sources say it is simply too early to draw any firm conclusions.
The staff of the hotel where she was staying and was found, say that the night before she and a group of friends were partying heavily.