Published Feb 11, 2012Today (February 11), the music world was shocked to learn of the passing of pop singer Whitney Houston, who died this afternoon in her hotel room in Beverley Hills, CA. She was 48.
The Associated Press reports that the cause of death is still unknown. Her body was apparently found by a member of her entourage in a room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel, and according to TMZ, paramedics were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive her. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST.
There are reportedly no clear signs of foul play, but the details have yet to be confirmed. Houston famously struggled with drugs and alcohol in her later career. She and former husband Bobby Brown were reported to have used drugs together during their tumultuous marriage, and Houston spent a stint in an outpatint rehabilitation program just last year [via Los Angeles Times].
Houston first rose to fame in the mid-'80s, and scored a string of smash hit singles and mega-selling albums. Her signature song, a cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," came out in 1992 on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard, a film that she also starred in.
Houston's last album, I Look to You, came out in 2009. She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina.