Whitney Houston, the Grammy award-winning pop singer, has passed away at the age of 48, according to her publicist Kristen Foster.
Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PT Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, a police spokesman said, adding that there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is still being investigated.
Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos over the course of her career, according to her official website.
She had a string of seven straight number one hits on the Billboard pop chart in the 1980s, including "Saving All My Love for You" and "The Greatest Love of All."
The music legend was also an actress, best known for her star turn with Kevin Costner in 1992's "The Bodyguard." The soundtrack to that film is one of the top-10 biggest selling albums of all time.
Houston recently filmed "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit that's loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It was her first movie role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife." The film - co-starring Mike Epps and Cee-Lo Green - is due out August 10, according to Sony pictures.
She married R&B singer Bobby Brown in 1992 and gave birth to a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown - her only child - nearly a year later. The two had a tumultuous relationship, some of which was documented on the reality show "Being Bobby Brown" on the Bravo network. The pair divorced in 2007, and Whitney was awarded custody of their daughter.
The daughter of singer Cissy Houston, Whitney was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. At age 20, she was spotted by famed music producer Clive Davis in a New York City nightclub, according to her website. Davis is said to have signed her on the spot.
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