Whitney Houston Dies in Beverly Hills at 48

BHPD reports the singer, who famously battled drug addiction, died at the Beverly Hilton Saturday afternoon.

The following updates were posted Saturday night as news of Whitney Houston's death was breaking. The latest information is that Houston was of her Beverly Hilton hotel room:

Update 9:00 p.m.:  spokesman Lt. Mark Rosen said during a news conference at the  that Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the hotel at about 3:55 p.m.

Rosen said Beverly Hills emergency personnel responded at 3:43 p.m. to a 911 call to Houston's fourth-floor room and began resuscitation efforts, but they were unable to revive her.

A member of Houston's entourage made the call to police, Rosen said.

According to Rosen, Houston's body remained in the room while investigators sought details about a cause of death. There were no immediate indications of criminal intent, he said.

The 48-year-old Houston was in the Los Angeles area for Sunday night's Grammy Awards at the Staples Center and was expected to attend a tribute Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton for music executive Clive Davis, the man who discovered her in the 1980s.

TMZ reported that Houston's mother, singer Cissy Houston, and her cousin, vocalist Dionne Warwick, both talked with Houston Saturday by telephone and nothing seemed unusual.

Cissy Houston talked with her daughter about 30 minutes before she died, according to TMZ.

Reactions to Houston's death have poured in locally and from across the nation.

"It's a tragedy," singer Tony Bennett wrote on his Twitter page. "Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow called Houston, a six-time
Grammy winner, "one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time."

"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," Portnow said in a statement.

Influential musician and producer Quincy Jones said he was "absolutely heartbroken at the news."

"I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her," Jones said in statement. "She was a true original and talent beyond compare."

The First AME Church of Los Angeles, where Warwick and other members of Houston's family have attended services, announced it will dedicate a Sunday morning service to her memory.

Houston was "one of the most dynamic voices of our time," church Pastor and Senior Minister John J. Hunter said in a prepared release. "We are all saddened by her passing and our hearts go out to her family."

Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson reportedly was scheduled to perform a tribute to Houston Sunday evening at the Grammy ceremony.


Pop star Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48, the Associated Press is reporting.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed the death of the singer Saturday, but did not reveal how or where the singer had died.

According to the Los Angeles Times and the website TMZ, Houston died at the hotel. TMZ published a photograph taken Saturday of a Beverly Hills police crime lab vehicle outside the hotel. The Hilton is hosting a pre-Grammy party Saturday evening.

Houston's death comes one day before the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which are being held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. A six-time Grammy winner herself, Houston reigned over the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s with hits like How Will I Know, Saving All My Love for You and I Will Always Love You. She also crossed over into acting with starring roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife.

One of the world's best-selling artists, Houston's career and strong voice suffered during a tumultuous marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown that lasted from 1992-2007. The couple reportedly battled drug and alcohol addictions. They had one child together, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was born in 1993.

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This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

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Sharron Coker February 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Amen to the Brother
Christina Price February 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Dear John, Let me know when you find a celebrity who has not at some time or another abused drugs or was into something perverted. Comes with the territory. For her to be *blessed* with such a voice by God, then surly God will accept her, no matter what. Or is your *Heaven* only reserved for white people. A little harsh for you to say when your able to type your rude comment and she is lying on a slab. By the way, let me know when you can walk on water, sounds like your getting close. Also, you need not worry about *Heaven* letting you in. ~Christina Price
JaySmith February 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I'll bet you any amnt of $ that the coroner will find a mix of drugs, probably prescription pills like valium, diazepam, etc, etc, will be found in her system. We are keeping it real and have our own lives together. Houston's life was a mess, unfortunately. She didn't take care of herself, spent all her vast fortune (her mansion/estate in NJ was already in foreclosure process, she was financially and physically broken, and that story is too common with entertainers. Yes, she was certainly blessed with a voice and great looks. Now her 18 year old daughter won't even inherit much. That is a shame. Seriously, very tragic.
rallene corbett February 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I agree! There needs to be more compassion for her family and friends. Regardless, the level of 'sin' it is still a sin. Hopefully john will realize, heaven does not know color.....
KP March 24, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Whitney, like Michael wanted to numb the pain. I don't even think they realized how they were abusing their bodies,they just wanted to numb the pain that they endured daily. They are in a better place; they are home now and they have peace. Both were gifts from God; they served their purpose; their gift of music and their work is done. God didn't make a mistake. They had choices, but who really knew the depth of their pain, but them and God. Thank God for her gift, stop judging (especially if you fornicate, smoke, gamble, drink alcohol, or commit adultery, etc), move on. Let's continue to enjoy the music that she gave us, and let her family grieve in peace. She was a Singer, but she was still created like the rest of us. She had faults, who's without faults? Whitney is fine. She has passed on. Have respect for her family who has to keep reliving this, when in about another month; there will be something else on the news. Who's registered and ready to vote? Unless you're Jesus......Let the Church say Amen!!!! KP(Little Rock, AR)


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