Whitney Houston Dies at 48

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By Shannon Corrigan

Whitney Houston the multimillion dollar-selling singing sensation, who dominated the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s, only to deteriorate through recent years of cocaine use and an abusive marriage, died on Saturday. She was 48, the New York Times reports.

The Beverly Hills Police Department responded to an emergency call at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday, Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department told Fox News.

Houston was found in her room at 3:55 p.m., and paramedics spent close to 20 minutes trying to revive her, the authorities told the New York Times. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death but the authorities said there were no signs of foul play.

Houston's death the night before the Grammy Awards shocked the music industry, with many stars expressing surprise and sadness, Fox News reports.

"I just can't talk about it now," Aretha Franklin said in a short statement, Fox News reports. "It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen."

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