Pop icon dies at 48

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 12 at 1:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Beverly Hills, Calif. say singer Whitney Houston died this afternoon in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Police Lt. Mark Rosen said in a news conference that the 48-year-old's body is still in her fourth-floor hotel room while detectives investigate her death.

He says police received a 911 call shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and paramedics who were already at the hotel quickly went to her room, but couldn't resuscitate her.

Houston's death comes on the eve of the Grammy Awards. A representative says she was to appear at tonight's annual concert and dinner for her longtime mentor Clive Davis.

A person who had been at rehearsals for the show, says on Thursday Houston appeared disheveled and was sweating profusely as she coached R&B singers Brandy and Monica. The person also says liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on Houston's breath.

Sound:

224-a-13-(Archive audio of Whitney Houston, singer, from interview conducted on July 23 2009)-"for us again"-In this archive audio of a July 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Whitney Houston said she would have been happy just being a mom if music mogul Clive Davis hadn't brought her back into the spotlight. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *224 (02/11/12)>> 00:13 "for us again"

225-a-15-(Archive audio of Whitney Houston, singer, from interview conducted on July 23 2009)-"it inspires people"-In this archive audio of a July 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Whitney Houston said she wasn't ready for attention to be focused on her again, even though that's what comes with putting out an album. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *225 (02/11/12)>> 00:15 "it inspires people"

227-a-11-(Bill Daly, owner, Crooked Beat Records, in AP interview)-"youth or somethin'''-Bill Daly, the owner of Crooked Beat Records in Washington, D.C., says he suspects that sales of Whitney Houston's records will increase because of her death. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *227 (02/11/12)>> 00:11 "youth or somethin'"

228-a-06-(Bill Daly, owner, Crooked Beat Records, in AP interview)-""The Bodyguard" movie"-Bill Daly, the owner of Crooked Beat Records in Washington, D.C., says Whitney Houston had not been a significant music figure for some time. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *228 (02/11/12)>> 00:06 "''The Bodyguard" movie"

222-c-09-(Alicia Quarles, AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor)-"for her health"-AP Entertainment and Lifestyles Alicia Quarles reports that entertainers who were in town for the Grammy awards noted that Whitney Houston didn't look well at a rehearsal session on Thursday. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *222 (02/11/12)>> 00:09 "for her health"

223-c-14-(Alicia Quarles, AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor)-"gone too soon"-AP Entertainment and Lifestyles Alicia Quarles reports the death of Whitney Houston is casting a pall over a big weekend in entertainment. (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *223 (02/11/12)>> 00:14 "gone too soon"

212-a-20-(Archive audio of Whitney Houston, with Oprah Winfrey, in broadcast)-"gone back. No."-In this archive audio from September, 2009, Whitney Houston told Oprah Winfrey that she's drug-free, and takes it day by day. COURTESY: "The Oprah Winfrey Show" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (11 Feb 2012)

<<CUT *212 (02/11/12)>> 00:20 "gone back. No."

APPHOTO NY135: FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1997 file photo, Whitney Houston looks over her shoulder as her husband Bobby Brown looks to her at the premiere of "The Wonderful World of Disney" movie "Cinderella," at Mann's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File) (13 Oct 1997)

<<APPHOTO NY135 (10/13/97)>>

APPHOTO NY132: FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Whitney Houston performs on 'Good Morning America' in Central Park in New York. Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) (1 Sep 2009)

<<APPHOTO NY132 (09/01/09)>>

APPHOTO NY130: FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2006 file photo, Whitney Houston, right, and music producer Clive Davis arrive at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Beverly Hills, Calif. Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) (28 Oct 2006)

<<APPHOTO NY130 (10/28/06)>>

APPHOTO NY120: File- In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, musician Whitney Houston arrives at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Beverly Hills, Calif. Houston died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, she was 48. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (28 Oct 2006)

<<APPHOTO NY120 (10/28/06)>>

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