Phuket Gazette: Singer Whitney Houston dead


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Singer Whitney Houston dies at Beverly Hills hotel

PHUKET (News Wires): Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Whitney Houston, one of the world’s best-selling music artists, was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on late Saturday afternoon, police said. She was 48.

Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Mark Rosen said paramedics responded at approximately 3:43 pm local time after receiving a 911 call for medical aide at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. An ambulance arrived about two minutes later and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm local time, he said.

Rosen said there were ‘no obvious signs’ of criminal intent, but did not comment whether Houston may have died as a result of a drug overdose. He said the singer was a guest at the hotel and had an entourage with her.

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Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, also confirmed her death but gave no other details.

Houston, whose hits included “The Greatest Love of All,” died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where she was due to perform.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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