Whitney Houston died this afternoon. She was 48.
Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Houston once reigned supreme as the queen of pop music, until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.
Houston's end came on the eve of music's biggest night -- the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.
I loved her voice, and was sad that the latter part of her career was so troubled.
Rest in peace, Whitney.
Sony Music Entertainment issued the following statement regarding Whitney Houston:
“Whitney Houston was an icon and a once-in-a-lifetime talent who inspired a generation of singers and brought joy to millions of fans around the world. She had a voice of unmatched beauty and power that changed music forever, and she leaves behind an indelible legacy of timeless songs that will never be forgotten. She also was an important member of the Sony Music family who spent her storied recording career with Arista Records. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to her daughter and her entire family.” .