Whitney Houston confirmed dead at 48, circumstances unknown
Houston is survived by her 18-year-old daugher, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, with ex-husband Bobby Brown. She was dating singer Ray-J and was seen out with him one week prior to her death. Two days before she died, Houston performed "Jesus Loves Me" at the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B pre-Grammy event.
TMZ reports that she died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Born August 9, 1963 in New Jersey, Houston's 1985 debut album, "Whitney Houston," won a Grammy Award and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Her second album, "Whitney," made her the first female ever to generate four No. 1 singles from one album and the first artist to have 7 No. 1 singles consecutively (breaking a record held by The Beatles).
At the time of her death, Houston holds 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and has sold over 170 million albums worldwide. She is also a noted actress, having starred in such films as "The Bodyguard," "Waiting to Exhale," and the upcoming "Sparkle," set for release in August.