The music world has lost a giant today with the shocking and sudden news
that Whitney Houston has died at age 48. The singer and actress'
publicist Kristen Foster confirmed her death. She was staying at the
Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel and the cause of death is still unknown.
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Whitney Houston's death comes the day before the Grammy Awards. Houston was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy party Saturday night hosted by legendary music producer Clive Davis.
Houston was one of the biggest and most admired singers of all-time. She won six Grammys during her career and her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner during the 1991 Super Bowl is generally regarded as one of the best of all-time, so successful that it marks the only time the national anthem has been a hit single on the Billboard charts.
Whitney Houston also had a successful acting career, most notable in the Kevin Costner film The Bodyguard
. She also has a role in the new movie Sparkle
, which is scheduled to be released this summer.
Though the Grammys have already been planned, it's safe to assume the show will feature a number of tributes to Whitney Houston as the show's producers race to honor the late singer. In addition, this Tuesday's Valentine's Day episode of Glee
is scheduled to feature a performance of one of Houston's most iconic songs, "I Will Always Love You," by star Amber Riley.
Whitney Houston is survived by her 18-year-old daughter with Bobby Brown, and she was dating Ray J at the time of her death.(Image courtesy of WENN)