Veteran singer Whitney Houston has reportedly died at the age of 48.
According to her publicist Kristen Foster, the troubled singer passed away earlier today, though the cause and location of death are currently unclear.
The songstress rose to fame with in the '80s with singles like "How Will I Know" and "Saving All My Love For You," continuing success in the '90s with her hit "I Will Always Love You." In recent years, she was believed to have been addicted to drugs, though had recently been showing signs of improvement. She most recently filmed a role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Sparkle.
In the Hip Hop realm, Houston worked with Wyclef Jean on a Dub Plate version of "My Love is Your Love," and collaborated with several R&B singers including Mariah Carey and Faith Evans.
HipHopDX sends its condolences to Houston's family during this difficult time.
UPDATE: Details are still emerging about Whitney Houston's death. While a cause of death has yet to be released, the singer was found on the fifth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel, unresponsive, in her room. At 3:55 pm PST, the longtime Arista Records superstar was pronounced dead. Sources have ruled out foul play. The singer was reportedly expected to appear for an interview taping of Vh1's Behind The Music. Later, Houston was to attend an annual pre-Grammy Awards party held by mentor Clive Davis.
It has been reported that the Grammy Awards, televised live tonight (February 12) have already added a tribute to Houston featuring Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan.
HipHopDX will keep you updated.
UPDATE #2: According to TMZ, Whitney Houston was found in the bathtub of the Beverly Hills hotel with her face underwater. She had been in the bathroom for over an hour when her hairdresser went to check on her, only to discover her head underwater and legs in the air, as if she'd slid down the back of the tub. It is unclear if the official cause of death was drowning.