After several hoaxes over the years, we are saddened to learn that Whitney Houston passed away earlier today at age 48. Publicist Kristen Foster confirmed the Singer/Actress' death earlier today to the Associated Press, which soon after was reported also by other outlets including TMZ, CTV, Courier Mail and CBC.
The six-time GRAMMY Winner who has sold over 170 million Albums and Singles worldwide, only recently completed work in Detroit on her next Film Sparkle, in which she stars alongside American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks. The Musical is scheduled to hit theatres this August and Houston also served as Executive Producer.
No cause of death has been listed but we do know now that she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM PAC at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as confirmed by TMZ. Houston's fight with Drug Addiction is well-documented and many are saying this is a contributing factor. She leaves behind her Daughter Bobbi Kristina, now 18. Tragic.
Houston's Music has provided much of the Soundtrack of my Life growing-up and I regret deeply never getting the opportunity to hear her beautiful voice in-person. This is deeply saddening and her Legacy will last forever. She came from an era when Artists could sell Albums by the millions because truly her Music was worth buying. I hope that others going through struggles with their own personal demons will learn from Houston's example.
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