According to several news reports, R&B diva Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at 3:55pm local time.
Although details are still forthcoming, many are speculating that the singer’s death could be due in part to her long battle with substance abuse. CNN first reported that Ray J. found Ms. Houston dead in her room just hours ago, but his publicist told the network that Ray J. was “nowhere near” the scene. However, he is reportedly “distraught” about Whitney Houston’s death.
CNN also spoke with Johnny Gill who confirmed that Bobby Brown is currently in Memphis for a New Edition concert and is “struggling” and “distraught” about Whitney’s death. Gill also told reporters that the couple’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina is “not doing well.”
Houston was in town for this year’s Grammy Awards, which will be taking place Sunday evening in Los Angeles.
Lately, Houston has been on the comeback trail and was excited about producing and starring in the upcoming remake of the film, Sparkle.
Our hearts go out to Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobby Kristina, Bobby Brown, her mother Cissy Houston, and her entire family.
Rest in Power.