Whitney Houston found dead, aged 48

American singer and actress Whitney Houston, one of the biggest selling, and most decorated female artists of all time, has died aged 48.

Her publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed her death in the early hours of this morning. The cause of death remains unclear, Los Angeles Police Dept said she was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles.

Police spokesman Mark Rosen told reporters Houston was pronounced dead at 15:55pm (23:55 GMT) in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“She has been positively identified by friends and family (who) were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified,” he said.

It looks like it could have been a drug related death but nothing is proven yet – the latest in a never ending series of artist/drug related incidents. The tragedy of fame is the emptiness, the name is everywhere but the loneliness of the empty hotel room and the drugs is all too common.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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  1. Breaking news, following the news of Whitney Houston’s death Bobby Brown has committed suicide. he left a suicide note saying “Two Can Play That Game” ;-)

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