LOS ANGELES (AP) – Whitney Houston’s last days were spent surrounded by family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was best known for: singing.
Whitney Houston and Clive Davis speak onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 12, 2011.
The 48-year-old singer had been making the rounds in the days before the event, appearing at rehearsals and offering advice to singers Monica and Brandy. On Thursday, she appeared with fellow singer Kelly Price on stage at a Hollywood club, where she sang the hymn Yes, Jesus Loves Me to loud cheers
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Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.
“There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time,” Rosen said.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.
Rosen said police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.
Beverly Hills Police Department later issued a statement:”"Whitney Houston was pronounced dead that the scene by members of her entourage which included friends, co-workers, and family. Ms. Houston’s daughter and mother were notified of here death.”
The statement also added that “the investigation is currently being conducted” and that “there is no additional information at this time.”
“The actual cause of death will be determined by the L.A. Co. Coroner’s Office,” it said.
Whitney Houston will be missed dearly. Her music will live on as timeless classics. R.I.P. Whitney Houston