Pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on Saturday, according to reports. She was 48.
The cause of death is being investigated, police said. There were no signs of “criminal intent,” police added.
The Newark native sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos during her career, which reached its peak during the 1980s and ‘90s.
She had seven straight Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me.)"
Billboard said her soundtrack to the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard" as one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. She also starred in the film with Kevin Costner. The soundtrack included the hit, "I Will Always Love You," written by Dolly Parton.
But Houston also struggled with drug addiction over the years and had a very public tumultuous marriage to former “New Edition” star Bobby Brown, who had his share of brushes with the law. The couple had one child, Bobbi Kristina, and divorced in 2007.
Celebrity websites recently reported that Houston was being considered as a possible replacement for ousted “X Factor” judge Paula Abdul.
Houston was the cousin of longtime entertainer and singer Dionne Warwick, also from New Jersey.