RIP: Whitney Houston Dead At Age 48 [UPDATED]

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UPDATE (Sunday, 3:45 p.m. EST): TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found in her room’s bathtub and that it’s possible she drowned? Sources also say prescription drugs were found in the room and that Houston took Xanax before performances; only an autopsy will be able to reveal if she died via drowning, overdose, or some other cause. An autopsy is scheduled for today, but an official cause of death won’t be available until the toxicology report is complete.

Seriously sad news to report: the Associated Press is reporting that singer Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48. She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina (with ex husband Bobby Brown). The singer was photographed leaving a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night looking potentially intoxicated. Houston, of course, battled drug addiction in the past, although there is no word on her cause of death. In May 2011, Houston’s representative said that the singer had checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. She had recently been seen out and about with former boyfriend Ray J.  [TMZ, Dlisted, CNN]

More updated info after the jump…

  • Bobby Brown, the singer’s ex-husband, released a statement which read: “I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife,Whitney Houston. At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter,Bobbi Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed towards my family and I at this most difficult time.” [People]
  • The Houston family also released a statement. It read: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends. — The Houston Family.” [Just Jared]
  • Houston and Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has been hospitalized and is being treated for “stress.” 
  • Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Houston at tonight’s Grammy Awards.
  • At Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Party last night, the legendary producer said: “I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me. She was full of life, looking forward for tonight. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrated music. … Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage … so many times. So simply put: Whitney would have wanted the music to go on.” [Huffington Post]

EARLIER:

  • TMZ is reporting that Houston passed away at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. According to the site’s sources, paramedics were called this afternoon when the singer was found unresponsive in her hotel room. CPR was performed to no avail and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. [TMZ]
  • JustJared.com says that Houston was supposed to do a photo shoot this afternoon and then was expected at Clive Davis’ Grammy party this evening. (The party has now been canceled. [Just Jared]) (UPDATE: Or maybe it hasn’t been canceled — CNN maintains the party is still happening.) Davis, of course, discovered Houston at the age of 20. With the Grammy Awards airing tomorrow night, producers are no doubt scrambling to put together some sort of tribute to the singer, who won six Grammy Awards over the course of her career. [Just Jared]
  • Clive Davis Grammy party is still on, but they are supposedly turning it into more of a last-minute memorial to the singer. “They are trying to pull together a memorial of sorts for grieving,” a source tells Just Jared. “They are trying to turn away as many people as possible.” [Just Jared]
  • TMZ has learned that Houston spoke to both her mother, Cissy Houston, and her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, last night and that she seemed “fine.” [TMZ]
  • Meanwhile, “hotel staff” told the site that the singer and her group were “partying heavily” (whatever that means) at the hotel bar last night. [TMZ]
  • Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is said to be devastated and “crying fits” over her death, but still plans on performing with New Edition tonight in Mississippi. [TMZ]
  • Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) is one of many celebs to respond to Houston’s death on Twitter, writing, “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”

Whitney should ultimately be remembered for her incomparable voice so here are a bunch videos of her singing:

This one is just the isolated vocals on “How Will I Know” — simply stunning:

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