by Rachel Ogbu
Whitney Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster has confirmed that the Grammy award-winning star passed away Saturday.
Showbiz journalist, Gayl Murphy told Sky News there were rumours on the website TMZ that she may have died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles but this has not been confirmed.
The star was pictured looking dishevelled and worse for wear on Friday night as she attended a pre-Grammy party in Hollywood. But she had received praise for her performance with Jennifer Hudson earlier in the night.
At her peak in the 1980s and ’90s, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world’s best-selling artists.
Among her hits were ‘How Will I Know’, ‘Saving All My Love for You’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’.
Her success carried her beyond music and she starred in movies, including most famously, The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner.
The soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy for Album of the Year.
But in recent times Houston had struggled with drug addiction and financial problems.
Towards the end of her career her lifestyle took its toll on her once-stunning voice which became raspy and hoarse and she saw sales of her records plummet.
Houston had one daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with her ex-husband Bobby Brown who she divorced around six years ago following a turbulent marriage.