GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The tributes poured in as the music world gathered to celebrate the annual Grammy awards, only to learn that hours before singer Whitney Houston had died. The 48-year-old singer was found dead in her hotel room Saturday afternoon 11 February by her bodyguard. Police say there was no sign of criminal involvement and they are investigating her death.
Houston performed Thursday night in a pre-Grammy event and she was scheduled to attend a gala for the awards, at her hotel, Saturday night.
CNN reports that “according to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years” and recent videos showed an extremely thin and tired-looking Houston.
She began singing early, in churches but went on to top the charts in the 80s and 90s. Her hits included “The Greatest Love of All” and “I’ll Always Love You”.