Whitney Houston dead at 48

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By Sam Bertschmann

On Saturday, Feb. 11, pop music icon Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The cause of death is currently unknown, though there are no signs of foul play or trauma.

Toxicological tests will be processed over the next few weeks. It is speculated that drugs—which the star struggled with throughout her career—lead to her passing.

Houston was supposed to appear at a gala held by music mogul Clive Davis and, perhaps, perform on the evening of her death.

Her absence was felt at the 2012 Grammy Awards the next night. Host LL Cool J introduced the show with a prayer for the singer and a clip of one of her past performances. Many of the scheduled acts, from Rihanna to Stevie Wonder, dedicated their performances to Houston. Jennifer Hudson honored her memory with an emotional rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974 and covered by Houston in 1992 for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, in which she also starred.

Houston rose to fame in the mid-1980s with hit singles “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” and “Greatest Love of All.” Her musical success continued well into the next few decades, but in more recent years, was overshadowed by her problems with substance abuse and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown.

Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 in Newark’s New Home Baptist Church in New Jersey, where she often sang as a child.

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