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Whitney Houston dies, aged 48

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Whitney Houston has passed away, her publicist has said.

Reuters reports that Kristen Foster has confirmed that the singer died in Los Angeles on Saturday (February 11).

"Unfortunately, it is true," her spokesperson is quoted as saying. No further details have been officially announced.

TMZ sources said that paramedics performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm EST. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen has said that there are "no obvious signs of criminal intent", adding that an investigation into the cause of death has begun.

Early reports suggest that Houston was found in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel, where she was believed to be getting ready to attend Clive Davis's pre-Grammy gala in Los Angeles tonight. It has been claimed that the annual bash has been cancelled.

A source close to Davis, who launched Houston's career at Arista Records, told The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a sad day and it will be a sad Grammys weekend."

Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy said in a statement: "Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades.

"Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. 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."

A "devastated" Simon Cowell confirmed reports that the singer was being considered for a judging role on the second series of the American version of The X Factor. Speaking to Piers Morgan, Cowell said that a meeting had been planned for Monday to discuss the possible appointment.

Houston, who starred alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, was regarded by her peers and fans as the voice of a generation. Reacting to the news, Mariah Carey tweeted: "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."

The New Jersey-born singer, who had battled with drug and alcohol addiction,, ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006.


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grew up listening to Whitney attended weddings, funerals etc her music was playing

shame past few years she looked better, gained more weight but lately she looked out of it

RIP Whitney I know 'Jesus loves you' sympathies to Cissy and your Daughter whos in hospital now God bless


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