AP report at Stuff:
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behaviour and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told KABC-TV that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.
I loved her music. What a huge loss to the music world.
It is very rare for a 48 year old woman to drop dead of natural causes, so sadly it will probably transpire it was an avoidable death.