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Whitney Houston Found Dead in Hotel Room

Eighties pop icon Whitney Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon. She was 48 years old.

Whitney HoustonHer death was announced by publicist Kristen Foster. Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police told KTLA News that responding paramedics had performed CPR on Ms. Houston, but she was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. Her cause of death was not yet revealed.

The singer was born Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. Singing is in her genes; her mother, Cissy, was a gospel singer and backup singer who worked with such artists as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Dusty Springfield. She is the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, and the cousin of Dione and Dee Dee Warwick.

By the time she was in high school, Whitney Houston was already singing backup for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. She also worked as a model, appearing in Seventeen and Glamour magazines.

At 19, she was spotted by Clive Davis at a showcase in Sweetwaters supper club in Manhattan. This led her debut album, simply entitled “Whitney Houston,” released in 1985. She rose to stardom soon after that first album, with her majestic voice. She gave the music industry such timeless hits as “The Greatest Love of All” and “Saving All My Love for You.”

Her success, however, was tarnished with drug abuse. Her death came hours before she was supposed to perform at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy Awards party. There were reports that she had been behaving erratically on Thursday afternoon, and that she had been disruptive during rehearsals for the party.

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