One of the greatest voices of all time has passed away, Miss Whitney Houston has died.
After rumours started swirling, her spokesperson announced "Unfortunately, it is true". No further details have been officially announced.
Sources said that paramedics performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm EST. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen has said that there are "no obvious signs of criminal intent", adding that an investigation into the cause of death has begun.
Early reports suggest that Houston was found in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel, where she was believed to be getting ready to attend Clive Davis's pre-Grammy gala in Los Angeles tonight. It has been claimed that the annual bash has been cancelled
A source close to Davis, who launched Houston's career at Arista Records, told press : "This is a sad day and it will be a sad Grammys weekend."
Houston, who starred alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, was regarded by her peers and fans as the voice of a generation. Reacting to the news, friend Mariah Carey tweeted:
"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."
In 2006, the New Jersey born singer ended her 14 year long marriage to Bobby Brown after along and dark period in her life.
This truly is a shock, and I am honestly upset, no, devestated by the loss, and am sad we have now lost another huge talent. RIP Whitney Houston. xxx
One of my absolute favourite songs and performances - One Moment in Time