Chart topping R&B singer Whitney Houston has died. Her publicist Kristen Foster confirmed the 48-year-old’s passing on Saturday but but did not mention cause of death.
Houston ruled the pop and R&B charts from the middle of the 1980’s to the late 1990’s with classic hits like “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “Saving All My Love for You” and many more. She also had massive success outside of music with films like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
She’s considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of all time, defining what it means to be a true diva; powerful voice, beauty and never overtly sexual. Her impact on music influence singers like Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera to name a few.
The final years of Houston’s career was hampered by drug abuse and low album sales.
“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.
Her untimely passing comes on the heels of the upcoming film Sparkle as well as a planned remake of Waiting to Exhale.
R.I.P Whitney. You will always be a legend in our hearts.
*UPDATE: According to CNN, Ray J did not discover Houston’s body. Still developing…
***Our apologies for the Ray J claims but this was sourced from CNN prior to them retracting their story.***