Whitney Houston, R&B/Pop Icon and Actress, Dead at 48


Tracey Ford / February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston, known as one of the most famous voices of the last three decades, has died. The singer was 48. Houston has seen many ups and downs since launching her illustrious career in 1983, but no other female artists boast the accolades awarded to the icon.

Kristen Foster, publicist, has confirmed that the singer was found dead Saturday (Feb. 11), but the cause and the location of her death are unknown.

From her chart-topping self-titled debut to her foray into film, Houston’s career would continue to thrive as she went on to sell 200 million albums and singers worldwide. She’s also garnered two Emmy Awards, six Grammys, 22 American Music Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards.

UPDATE: CNN reports Whitney’s bodyguard, Ray, discovered her body. Initial reports stated it was former boyfriend Ray J. Stay tuned for more updates.

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