12 Feb 2012





Singer and actress Whitney Houston, winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," has died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said.

"Unfortunately it is true," said spokeswoman Jill Fritzo.

A Beverly Hills police officer told reporters at a briefing that emergency assistance received a call from the Beverly Hilton at around 3:20 p.m. PST, and the singer was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

"She has been positively identified by friends and family that were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified," Lieutenant Mark Rosen told reporters.


No other details were immediately available.


Houston was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest honors program that will take place on Sunday night. She died hours before she was expected to perform at record producer Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday, which is held at the Beverly Hilton

Houston, inspired by soul singers in her New Jersey family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin, became one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, taking multiple Emmy, Grammy and Billboard Music awards.

Her popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s with consecutive No. 1 hits including the smash single "I Will Always Love You," from the soundtrack of the feature film "The Bodyguard," in which she starred.

Immediately, reactions came pouring in from fans and friends in the music industry.

"I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing," legendary music producer Quincy Jones said in a statement. "... I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

Pop star Rihanna posted on Twitter "No words, just tears," and rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted "Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.

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2012/02/15 14:00
Even Australia is mourning for Whitney.

Her music is everywhere.

2012/02/14 19:12
This is so sad , but, not unexpected........ She was so talented and beautiful , I had a crush on her the minute i saw " Saving all my love for you " on VH1..... She should still be alive and singing , But, she met Bobby Brown, and it was downhill after that ...

2012/02/14 18:20
I remember hearing her sing Star Spangled Banner too - it brought tears to my eyes.

NO ONE can sing that song better! Oh Whitney we will miss you.

2012/02/14 17:53
The Star-Spangled Banner was spectacular.
Remember, she sang it in 4/4, giving it a power and sweep that had never been heard before. Gosh, what a loss!

2012/02/14 17:08
Dear Atlanta,

I just had a funny exchange with the indomitable Professor Linda.

And my answer to the question was that I would have NO desire to include smiley faces or frowns in my messages here. However, perhaps the younger ones might use that method of communication, I doubt those from my group would have any interest.

2012/02/14 15:14
Rest in Peace Whitney. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Now, we will always love YOU!!

2012/02/14 14:45
The world has lost a beautiful voice.

There is no doubt that her National Anthem performance continues to be the best. She will truly be missed.

2012/02/14 13:04
I still have most of her music from my disco DJ years.

She was the queen during her nearly two decade reign.

But, yes, like so many other performers before her, the stress of the fame got to her and she got hooked on the drugs.

I hate to think of how many of the younger upcoming "stars" will succumb at an even earlier age.

2012/02/14 12:51
R.I.P. Whitney ...May God bless your family and friends in their time of sorrow...Your Music will live on forever...You're in God's Choir Now...

2012/02/14 12:39
This is absolutely TRAGIC News...

Whitney Houston was truly a songbird. She was one of a small number of music artists that could sing in 5 octaves. Unlike so many recording artists, Whitney Houston did not need a computer to "sing" for her. She was physically beautiful, divinely musically gifted, spirited and she brought astounding joy to so many of her fans.

Whitney Houston's death is a major Loss to the world of music.

She truly was one of a kind in a field that has become too cluttered...

Rest in peace, angel...you are now in God's hands...

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