Whitney Houston

Legendary singer Whitney Houston is dead at 48. A rep for the singer confirmed she passed away this afternoon of an apparent drug overdose.

According to reports, paramedics were called to the Beverly Hilton today when Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room. Paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.

Initial reports revealed that her on and off boyfriend Ray J found her unconscious in her room.

Police officers, who were on the scene, says there is no evidence of foul play. She was ID’ed by family and friends. Suicide is suspected to be her cause of death.

Houston famously battled drug addiction for years.

Whitney Houston released seven albums and three film soundtracks; a winner of six Grammys, Houston sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide. She earned 30 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards and two Emmy Awards.

Her self-titled debut album, released in 1985, sold 25 million copies worldwide, making her one of the biggest selling artistes of all time.

Houston, who holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana, had one daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with ex-husband Bobby Brown.

She and Brown were married from 1992-2007.