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Kristen Foster, the publicist for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] has confirmed the singer has died at the age of 48. The story is still developing but we’ve heard from sources close to the situation, which we cannot confirm as of yet, Houston was allegedly found in her hotel room bathroom at the Beverly Hilton with drug paraphernalia around her. She was scheduled to go to record mogul Clive Davis’ GRAMMY party tonight.
Beverly Hills PD received a 911 call at 3:23pm when the singer was found unresponsive. Beverly Hills Fire Department was already on the scene due to another unrelated call. Medical personnel attempted life saving procedures to save her life in her 4th floor hotel room at the Beverly Hilton. At 3:55pm she was pronounced dead and positively identified. Investigators are on the scene investigating.
Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.
Houston made her album debut in 1985 with “Whitney Houston,” which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. “Saving All My Love for You” brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love” and “The Greatest Love of All” also became hit singles.
In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with “The Bodyguard.” Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.
She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.” Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, “My Love Is Your Love,” in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”
Over the years the singer became involved in drug use which caused album sales to drop and great affected her career.
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