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Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, diesAssociated PressBy NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press – 26 mins ago

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston,
who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image
were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to
singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen
told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced
dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body
remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time," Rosen said.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

Houston's
death came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards.
It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a
heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.

Her longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday, and a representative of the show said it would proceed.

Houston
was supposed to appear at the gala, and Davis had told The Associated
Press that she would perhaps perform: "It's her favorite night of the
year ... (so) who knows by the end of the evening," he said.

Houston
had been at rehearsals for the show Thursday, coaching singers Brandy
and Monica, according to a person who was at the event but was not
authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked
disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be
smelled on her breath.

Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party with singer Kelly Price.

Rosen
said police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at
3:43 p.m. Saturday, and paramedics were already at the hotel because of a
Grammy party. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the
singer, the lieutenant said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he would call for a national prayer Sunday morning during a service at Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

"The
morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory
of a gifted songbird," Sharpton said in a written statement.

At
her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the
middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling
artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless
vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the
masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She
had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had
sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She
influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to
Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston
that many thought it was Houston.

But
by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of
the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped
coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and
bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana
and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable
to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The
biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy,"
Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with
then-husband Brown by her side.

It
was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling
artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in
the United States alone.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

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.

"The
time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it
was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.

Before
long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. 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.

Another
multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included hits like
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

The
New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's
most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the
churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel
phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful
vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building
pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."

Her
decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like
Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black
roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a
constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during
the "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.

"Sometimes
it gets down to that, you know?" she told Katie Couric in 1996. "You're
not black enough for them. I don't know. You're not R&B; enough.
You're very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them."

Some
saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner
Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an
odd union; she was seen as pop's pure princess while he had a bad-boy
image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter,
Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several
times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.

But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.

"When
you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you
have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the
same place," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see somebody, and you
deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not
the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's
angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."

It
would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of
Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the
Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again
reaffirmed her as America's sweetheart.

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.

It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You,"
which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy's record of the year
and best female pop vocal, and the "Bodyguard" soundtrack was named
album of the year.

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."

But during these career
and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah
Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time "The Preacher's Wife" was
released, "(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work,
but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I
wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself."

In
the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which
included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced
in 2007.

Houston would go to
rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in
2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an
airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.

She
was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert
that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and
jittery appearance on Brown's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown,"
was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she
declared "crack is whack," was often parodied. She dropped out of the
spotlight for a few years.

Houston
staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album "I
Look To You." The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would
eventually go platinum.

Things
soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on "Good Morning
America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She
blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.

A
world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that
Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left
many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised
speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those
claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for
cancellations.

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  • Kitora 2012/02/12 18:28:29
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Kitora
  • judy ann Kitora 2012/02/13 14:52:32
    judy ann
    +1
    I will pray also, thank you
  • wolf sloan 2012/02/12 16:26:54
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    wolf sloan
    +1
    A tragic loss.
  • judy ann wolf sloan 2012/02/13 14:52:11
    judy ann
    +1
    she will be missed. I just love her voice
  • Andy 2012/02/12 14:35:47
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    Andy
    +1
    Sad, very sadd!!
  • judy ann Andy 2012/02/13 14:51:44
    judy ann
    very sad :(
  • Racefish 2012/02/12 14:30:46
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Racefish
    +1
    I think her downfall started when she got involved with Bobby Brown.
  • judy ann Racefish 2012/02/13 14:51:28
    judy ann
    I think so.
  • Racefish judy ann 2012/02/13 16:22:37
    Racefish
    What angers me is the fact she was so beautiful and had a great voice. That in itself is a tragic loss.
  • Hawk 2012/02/12 14:13:16
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    Hawk
    +1
    Beautiful voice but a very sad life.
  • judy ann Hawk 2012/02/13 14:51:06
    judy ann
    I guess money can't give you happiness :( very sad loss
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/02/12 13:25:20
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Very sad indeed.
  • Robtbal 2012/02/12 10:50:24
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Robtbal
    +1
    One of the most amazing voices ever of ALL time....Glas I was around in her prime...Beautiful too! Sad, sad, sad....
  • judy ann Robtbal 2012/02/13 14:50:19
    judy ann
    Me to. wow!! could she sing. Sad loss
  • rustyshackelford 2012/02/12 10:14:16
  • Hawk rustysh... 2012/02/12 14:08:48
    Hawk
    I`m not a democrat and your discusting.
  • rustysh... Hawk 2012/02/12 16:53:10
  • Jessica 2012/02/12 06:20:47
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Jessica
    +2
    I will miss her forever. There was nobody like her! Her and Michael Jackson were my favorite singers. I miss them both, and they both died WAAAAAAAAAAAYyyyy too soon. crying
  • judy ann Jessica 2012/02/13 14:49:36
    judy ann
    So sad, she had a beautiful voice. She will be missed
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/02/12 06:00:26 (edited)
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    DebraJMSmith
    +2
    She was the best singer of all times. And she was amazingly beautiful too.

    It was sad, what the drugs did to her. Losing her voice, was the least of it. Now she lost her life. But, I believe she was a Christian and has her life in heaven and her voice back.

    Debra...
  • Isabella 2012/02/12 05:14:31
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Isabella
    +1
    What did you expect? THIS is what drugs do to y'all. Even if she was clean for a couple of years (and when she died), the effects of the drugs for all those years before her death would eventually overcome her body. This should go as an example... DRUGS ARE FOR THUGS!
  • judy ann Isabella 2012/02/13 14:48:45
    judy ann
    Dr. should be held accountable.
    Look at Michael Jackson. What a way for people to die.

    No reason for this kind of drugs nor any other
  • CaptænWorgen 2012/02/12 05:13:52
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    CaptænWorgen
    +2
    *I will always love you* playing in the background. ;(
  • judy ann CaptænW... 2012/02/13 14:45:49
    judy ann
    +1
    Thank you for sharing. I love that song
  • 56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA... 2012/02/12 05:11:09
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's
    +4
    RIP ..... Whitney Houston♥
  • Rore73 2012/02/12 04:05:15
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Rore73
    +1
    She truly was a great entertainer!
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/02/12 04:04:41
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    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    +1
    its always sad when someone dies but someone who has a singular talent and selfishly destroys it with drugs deserves what they get. There are plenty of others who didn't deserve to die like Buddy Holly, Cass Elliot, Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Lennon who better deserve tribute.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/02/12 03:53:08 (edited)
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    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +3
    Sad, but not unexpected.

    Pictures from Friday night at a Grammy party .............

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tv...
  • Brian 2012/02/12 03:31:25
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Brian
    +3
    I pray she knew the Lord Jesus.
    RIP Whitney Houston, Blessings!

    http://buddyhuggins.blogspot....
    whitney houston illuminati
  • rightside 2012/02/12 03:23:21
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    rightside
    +4
    This is going to be really hard on her daughter. I don't know how much family she has besides that.
    They said she was sweating really bad and had alcohol and cigarettes on her breath. It is sad that she could not overcome this.
  • judy ann rightside 2012/02/12 03:26:37
    judy ann
    +3
    I heard her 19 year old was also having a drug problem, God i hope she sees the destruction. What a way to die, sad. They have so much to give and to live for
  • rightside judy ann 2012/02/12 03:35:58
    rightside
    +3
    The daughter is only following in her mothers foot steps. Sad.
  • judy ann rightside 2012/02/13 14:44:25
    judy ann
    +1
    I know how sad
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2012/02/12 03:21:39
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    +4
    OMG How horrible is that! Another talented beauty ruined by drugs. Sad!
  • judy ann Lee The... 2012/02/12 03:24:17
    judy ann
    +2
    Drugs will destroy anyone that crosses its path :(
  • Lee The... judy ann 2012/02/12 03:25:45
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    +3
    They sure do, we have lost so many to that disease!
  • judy ann Lee The... 2012/02/12 03:33:23
  • judy ann 2012/02/12 03:17:13
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    judy ann
    +5
    She was a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. She will be missed whitney houston whitney houston body gaurd
  • keeper 2012/02/12 03:17:11
    I will pray for the family, she was a great singer
    keeper
    +7
    One of a kind~~ RIP~
  • judy ann keeper 2012/02/12 03:23:21
    judy ann
    +2
    I know, so sad

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