SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / AP) – Bay Area fans were shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Whitney Houston.  Many still recall seeing her at the peak of her performance when her ‘Bodyguard Tour’ came to the San Jose Arena in 1994.

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Houston reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use. She was 48.

Police in Beverly Hills said Houston died in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Police Lt. Mark Rosen said in a news conference that the 48-year-old’s body was still in her fourth-floor hotel room while detectives investigated her death.

He said police received a 911 call shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and paramedics who were already at the hotel quickly went to her room, but couldn’t resuscitate her.

Houston’s death comes on the eve of the Grammy Awards. A representative says she was to appear at tonight’s annual concert and dinner for her longtime mentor Clive Davis.

A person who had been at rehearsals for the show, says on Thursday Houston appeared disheveled and was sweating profusely as she coached R&B singers Brandy and Monica. The person also says liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on Houston’s breath.

TMZ is reporting  there are no signs of foul play.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause of her death was unclear.

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.” She won multiple Grammys,  including album and record of the year.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies like “The Bodyguard.”

In 2012, Houston was making her big-screen return, co-starring with Jordin Sparks in the remake of the 1976 film “Sparkle.” The movie is set to hit theaters on August 10.

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Comments (18)
  1. Sad says:

    Its a true fact that crack kills, her friends had always warned her about her addiction.

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  2. a. says:

    in the story aired on the 11pm news, CBS5 included comments from a music reviewer whose name i don’t remember, i believe it said he’s a reviewer for the chronicle, who made very negative comments about ms. houston as an artist. besides being just plain wrong (i think at some point he said there was no feeling or emotion in her singing, that it wasn’t real… he should watch the video of her first TV appearance on the merv griffin show, singing “home”, or watch her singing the national anthem at the superbowl in 1991 – !!!) it was completely out of taste to include that in a piece about someone who has just passed away. awful, just awful.

  3. Shauna says:

    His name was Joel Selvin. His comments about Whitney were disrespectful to say the least.

  4. Rossetta says:

    Unfortunately what Joel said was not meant to be unkind, but to put some prospective on her death..She was well schooled by her mother ( A remarkable
    singer) and Clive. Sadly she did ruin her own own voice thru drug abuse..Her behavior has been erratic for years. You can blame Mr. Brown for some of her initial vices, but he has been long gone for quite awhile. She was an addict and
    and continued to stay in relapse..The family tired so hard to keep an eye on her, but
    time ran out…Let her rest in Peace

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