Whitney Houston is Dead at 48 [UPDATED]

UPDATE: According to TMZ, Houston's hairdresser and bodyguard were the first to find the singer with her face underwater in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A mix of Xanax and alcohol probably caused Houston to lose consciousness and drown in the tub. An autopsy has been scheduled, but a final verdict on the singer's cause of death may be delayed up to 6 weeks pending a toxicology report.

Just a few days ago, Houston was spotted leaving a Hollywood nightclub, disheveled, with scratches all over her body. Tragic.


Multiple outlets are reporting that Houston's bodyguard found her unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where a police crime lab vehicle was seen outside. According to their sources, police responded within minutes, and paramedics attempted CPR before pronouncing the legendary singer dead at 3:55 this afternoon.

According to TMZ, Dionne Warwick (her cousin) and Cissy Houston (her mother) spoke with Houston 25-30 minutes before she died "and nothing seemed unusual." They talked about attending the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party at the same hotel, which was briefly rumored to be canceled but is apparently going on as planned, even though Houston was supposed to open the party.

Dionne "is an absolute mess" and Cissy is "hysterical," sources said.

Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies [AP]

Whitney Houston dead at 48 [TMZ]

Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48 [CNN]

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