Update 2: New sources now claim Houston was found “unresponsive” in a bathtub in her fourth floor room. Reports also claim Houston was drinking and partying heavily last evening at her hotel. Police have asked for a search warrant to search her room for evidence, including drugs.
Update: TMZ says Houston’s mother and cousin Diane Warwick spoke to the singer just minutes before she died. They said she sounded normal and their conversations were mundane. Though earlier reports suggested that R&B singer Ray-J found Houston dead, those have been discounted and multiple sources now say her bodyguard found her unresponsive. Paramedics performed CPR for nearly 30 minutes, but were unable to resuscitate the singer. Ex-husband Bobby Brown is in Memphis for a New Edition concert. Reports suggest he is “beside himself” with grief.
Video posted to YouTube appears to show the last performance of Whitney Houston, who died earlier today at the age of 48. TMZ reports that a member of Houston’s staff found her unresponsive, called for help, and paramedics unsuccessfully performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
Houston was last seen on Feb. 10 for a rare public appearance ahead of the Grammys. She briefly took the stage at Tru Hollywood nightclub where she attended “Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party.” She had not been seen on the red carpet for a year.
Paparazzi captured a belligerent and bleeding Houston leaving the nightclub early in the morning of Feb. 10. Gossip sites were suggesting she needed to return to rehab. After taking a seat in the back of a waiting vehicle, Houston appeared to calm down.
Houston recently completed filming on “Sparkle,” her first movie in 15 years. The movie is due out in August 2012.
“We’re all kind of shocked, but nobody’s really surprised,” her publicist, Howard Bragman, said.