Whitney Houston, the successful pop singer who's voice and image were deteriorated by drug use and an abusive marriage, died in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, according to the New York Times. She was 48.
Houston was found in Beverly Hilton hotel room at 3:55 p.m. where paramedics spent about 20 minutes trying to revive her, authorities said. The authorities also said there was no sign of foul play.
Houston was staying at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Saturday to attend a pre-Grammy party hosted by her mentor Clive Davis, the founder of Arista Records, according to the Times.
Lt. Mark Rosen, a spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department, said that detectives had arrived on the scene to conduct a full-scale investigation of the death. He also said, as of 8 p.m. Saturday, Ms. Houston's body would not be removed from the hotel room until the said investigation was completed.
Houston was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, according to the L.A. Times, with more than 55 million records sold in the U.S. alone.
According to the New York Times, Houston is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina, 18, and her mother, gospel and pop singer CIssy Houston.