Shocking news as publicist Kristen Foster confirms the death of R&B and pop legend Whitney Houston at the age of 48.
The singer, who catapulted instantly to super-stardom in 1985 with her self-titled debut, had struggled with sobriety and rumored drug problems. Still, her musical contributions were no less diminished with hit singles like "How Will I Know," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and, of course, her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You."
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TMZ reports that Houston's body was found unresponsive at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When paramedics arrived CPR was attempted unsuccessfully, and Houston was declared dead at 3:55 p.m.
Houston is survived by her 18-year-old daughter with Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Houston.