Singer Whitney Houston dead at 48

Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room Saturday.

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Though rumors have abounded of prescription drugs being involved in her death, officials said they would not speculate how she died until toxicology tests were finished.

“Our intent at Beverly Hills Police Department is not to fuel the speculation or rumors that are circulating right now,” said Lt. Mark Rosen, spokesman of the Beverly Hills Police Department.

The 48-year-old pop star was found unconscious and underwater in a bath in her Beverly Hilton Hotel room.

A funeral is planned for the end of the week, according to her family in New Jersey, where Houston was born.

She began singing at a young age, born to gospel legend Cissy Houston. She was raised among famous singers, including cousin Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin. She sang backup for many years, until her own self-titled album debuted in 1985, selling 25 million copies and producing three No. 1 singles.

Though Houston continued to make hits, her off-stage life quickly became the focus, overshadowing her singing career. Her drug use and turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown scarred her previously sparkling persona, and though she released an album in 2009, her first in nearly a decade, she never gained the popularity she once had.


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