Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston died at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel at age 48, officials said Saturday night.
The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
Houston's bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.
Houston died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
According to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years.
Houston was set to appear in this year's "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It was her first movie role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife."
News of her death elicited a flood of reaction on social media, from fans and fellow celebrities alike.
Music producer Russell Simmons wrote he was "deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston," while singer Gloria Estefan said she was "shocked we've lost the immensely talented" entertainer.
Another music legend, Quincy Jones, said he was "absolutely heartbroken" by the news. "She was a true original and a talent beyond compare," he said.
Houston's body of work includes seven straight Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."
Billboard put her soundtrack to the movie "The Bodyguard" as one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. She also starred in the film. The soundtrack included the hit,"I Will Always Love You."
The daughter of singer Cissy Houston, Whitney was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. Famed music producer Clive Davis reportedly spotted Houston 20 years later in a New York nightclub, signing her on the spot, according to her website. Davis steered Houston's career for more than 25 years, also serving as a mentor.
The singer's rendition of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, days into the first Persian Gulf War, earned raves and cemented her place in the American musical landscape.
After "The Bodyguard," Houston went on to appear in several more films in the 1990s, including "Waiting to Exhale."
In 2000, Houston earned her sixth Grammy for best female R&B performance and, a month later, she was named female artist of the decade at the "Soul Train" Music Awards.
Her career stalled, however, in subsequent years as she entered rehab for addiction problems.
In May 2011, Houston got help for her much-publicized struggle with drugs and alcohol, her representative said at the time.
In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston recalled how her mother arrived one day at her doorstep at her daughter's house with sheriff's officers and a court order in a drug intervention. She talked about doing cocaine and smoking marijuana.
"(My mother) says, 'I have a court (injunction) here," Houston said. "Either you do it my way, or we're just not going to do this at all. We are both going to go on TV, and you're going to retire.'"
JUST YESTERDAY, I was thumbing through CDs in my car, and ran across Whitney Houston's latest music entitled "Whitney Houston - I LOOK TO YOU" (referring to Jesus).
Whitney lived in Atlanta for many years; and of course, one of my favorite movies "THE BODYGUARD" ( Whitney Houston & Kevin Costner)...A CLASSIC !
I bought the movie and the soundtrack, of which I watch (and listen) quite often.
I am shocked (and deeply saddened) by her untimely death, at such a young age.
AN INCREDIBLE TALENT !!
MAY HER SOUL . . . REST IN PEACE.
So very very sad. I have loved Whitney from the first time I saw her perform. My heart is very heavy with this news.
Peace be with you Whitney.
I'm sitting here now, looking at her CD/album cover (looking great, fresh, healthy & "clean").
My heart goes out to her daughter; and her mom (who tried to save her, a few years ago, with a daring intervention).
I am very upset by this news.
The soundtrack in that classic movie (The BodyGuard), was some of the BEST collection of music that I have ever heard ! Right up there with my Barbra Streisand (and Smokey Robinson) collection of masterpieces.
The scene in the movie where Kevin Costner's character is falling in love with her (watching her videos on the big screen, in the guest house that night), just goes to show how BEAUTIFUL that voice was, and how beautiful that music was.
Dolly Parton actually wrote one of Whitney's biggest hits "I will always love you"; however, Whitney Houston's voice sent that song into ORBIT !!
Loved Whitney (and Kevin Costner) in that movie; and dear God . . . I LOVE THAT MUSIC !!
In addition to that collection of music, the other stand-out performance of Whitney's, was her performance at the 1991 SUPERBOWL (when she sang the National Anthem) better than ANYONE has ever done before her.
Dear God . . . what a sad, sad situation (and terrible loss) this is.