R.I.P. Whitney Houston (1963–2012)

Whitney Houston

Sad news from the world of pop music and movies, as it’s been confirmed that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

The singer/actress seemed destined for mega movie stardom after her feature film debut “The Bodyguard” in 1992 (co-starring Kevin Costner) exploded on the scene to the tune of $400 million worldwide, a staggering amount back then. The film also spawn a soundtrack that remains one of the best selling of all time, including multiple #1 hits for Houston.

The AP says Houston was found in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton and was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The police doesn’t think foul play was involved. In the last two decades, Houston has had a pretty public battle with drugs, her life turning from one full of promise to a cautionary tale about the destructive power of drug abuse waiting to happen.

She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

As fate would have it, The Grammys, an awards show that Houston once dominated, is scheduled to take place tomorrow.