Posted: Feb 12, 2012 11:12 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 12, 2012 11:12 AM
Source: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Whitney Houston will be remembered with a tribute by Jennifer Hudson tonight at the Grammy Awards, a day after she was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel.
The 48-year-old singer was pronounced dead just hours before she was expected to attend a pre-Grammy gala. Beverly Hills police say "there were no obvious signs of any criminal intent."
The coroner's office says an autopsy will be performed.
Houston had been at rehearsals for the Grammy show on Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to someone who was there but wasn't authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.
Houston was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone. Her 1992 hit "I Will Always Love You" won her Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal.
But with her success came drug use, erratic behavior and a rocky marriage to singer Bobby Brown that ended in 2007. All of it took a toll on her once-stunning voice, leaving it sounding frayed and hoarse in recent years.