BREAKING: Whitney Houston dead at 48.

Music legend Whitney Houston has died in LA from causes unknown, it has been confirmed by her publicist. She was just 48.

According to website TMZ:

Our sources tell us a member of Whitney’s entourage found her in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel … and called hotel security — who then dialed 911. When paramedics arrived Houston was found unresponsive.

According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.

Our sources say there were no signs of obvious foul play, but a BH PD detectives have begun a full investigation. We’re told she was ID’ed by family and friends.

Updates reports confirm she was found in her hotel room bath.

Whitney has won numerous Grammy Awards and was a respected Artist in the music industry. Whitney Houston is survived by her one child, Bobbi Kristina, whose father is rapper Bobby Brown.

If ever there was a more powerful way to illustrate the devastating effect of drug use, take a look at this gallery of images of Whitney Houston…

News Ltd reports:

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

But here is how most of us will remember her: