The music industry lost an icon Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., as Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room, the New York Times said.
Her death came on the eve of music's biggest night of the year, the Grammy Awards. Houston was staying at the Beverly Hilton hotel so she could attend a pre-Grammy party being hosted by Clive Davis, her pop mentor.
Houston was found in her room at 3:55 p.m., and paramedics spent 20 minutes attempting to revive her before she was pronounced dead. Authorities said that there were no signs of foul play and no immediate cause of death could be determined.
Houston was a queen at the Grammy Awards for her generation. Singer Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to a fallen idol by performing one of Houston's most memorable songs, "I Will Always Love You", Sunday night during the awards broadcast.