Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until she was ravaged by drug use, has died.
She was only 48!
Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear.
CNN reports that Ray J, who was once involved in a relationship with Whitney Houston, found her dead body in a room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
At her peak in the 1980s and ’90s, Houston the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world’s best-selling artists.
Shocked reactions from fans and celebrities began to pour in, especially on Twitter.
Mariah Carey wrote, “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world.”
Rosie O’Donnell said, “Dear God … There is a grief that can’t be spoken #DEVASTATED.”
So unbelievably tragic.