Emerging Details: Bodyguard Found Whitney Houston's Body; Bobby Brown Distraught
Details have begun emerging concerning music legend Whitney Houston's sudden death Saturday at 48 years old, as confirmed by her publicist.
No cause of death has been announced, but The Daily Beast reports that per CNN reporter Justin Lear, Houston was found by on-again off-again boyfriend Ray J at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. It was later clarified by CNN that she was found by a bodyguard. She was pronounced dead at 6:55 ET and LAPD officers reportedly found no illegal drugs at the scene and no evidence of foul play. Paramedics reportedly found her unconscious and performed 20 minutes of CPR.
Paparazzi photographed Houston Friday leaving a nightclub, her arms scratched and blood on her leg. Reports surfaced in January that Houston faced bankruptcy. Last May, Houston's representatives confirmed that she'd started her third stint in substance-abuse rehabilitation.
Houston was to attend a pre-Grammy party thrown by her long-time friend and mentor, Arista Records founder Clive Davis. That event has now reportedly been canceled.
Elsewhere, in Mississippi, Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown was preparing for a scheduled performance when he was told Houston had died. Sources say he was distraught, sobbing, and began calling friends and family to break the news before it became widespread knowledge. The pair were married from 1992-2007 and had one daughter together, but their marriage became fodder for tabloid tales of domestic abuse and drug use by both.
Houston, a six-time Grammy winning artist known for hits such as "I Want To Dance With Somebody" and a stirring cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," had publicly admitted years prior to years of cocaine abuse. Her voice had been left weak and raspy as a result, though her 2009 album I Look To You achieved Billboard Number-One status upon its August debut.