Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, died on Saturday afternoon. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster confirmed that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear.
A spokesman for the local police department said that emergency services had been called to the hotel at 3.43pm on Saturday, arriving minutes later.
Officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor where she was staying as a guest, where they found security staff and firemen attempting to revive her using CPR
Life-saving attempts proved unsuccessful after 20 minutes, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.
Authorities are currently trying to determine a cause of death, according to the spokesman. He said there were 'no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of a cause of death'.
It was initially unclear whether or not her death was drug-related, as has been speculated by some.
The star 'partied heavily' with friends in the hotel bar on Friday night, according to TMZ.
Her ex-husband Bobby Brown was said to be 'in and out of crying fits' upon hearing the news - but was still planning to appear on stage on Saturday with his band New Edition.
A relative of Brown said Houston’s former husband is struggling to cope with the news.
‘He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing, too,’ the family member told People magazine. ‘He's beside himself right now.’
Houston's mother Cissie apparently spoke to her daughter just half an hour before her death, and did not think anything was wrong.
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