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Shock, disbelief, sadness spread quickly Saturday night when the news broke of Whitney Houston's death. These are the usual reactions when such what-was-that type news begins to circulate.
 
Houston died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 48.
Officials have as yet, no official cause but 
it likely will not be of natural causes.
 
Loyal fans and longtime supporters will have plenty of time to reflect on what Houston meant to them as funeral plans are worked out, tributes planned.

According to the Associated Press, officials report an autopsy has been done but results will not be released for weeks.

Assistant Los Angeles chief coroner Ed Winter said Houston was found in a hotel bathtub in a room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon.
The delay in releasing the autopsy is related to the processing time of complex  toxicology results that would take weeks. 

As expected Winter remained tight lipped on any additional details about what was found in the room by investigators. Not surprising, officials were not ruling out any potential causes of death. He said there were no signs of trauma.
 
The singer had a well-chronicled struggle with substance abuse and drugs. 

The AP added in subsequent report, that earlier Sunday, Houston's family

 issued a
 statement calling her death both "devastating" and an "unimaginable tragedy," as fans rushed to buy her albums and download her hit singles: "This is a unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."

At the peak of her career Houston was a popular superstar and a major influence on a generation of singers that came after her.
 
Her chart-topping hits included "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Saving All My Love For You,"  How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You."
 
According to TheWrap:

"Dolly Parton paid tribute to Whitney Houston, the deceased pop diva who catapulted her song “I Will Always Love You” to a global phenomenon, by citing the ballad they both made famous.
“Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston,” Parton said in a statement Saturday. “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”
 
Marc Anthony wrote on his Facebook page: "I am in utter shock over the loss of my friend and colleague Whitney Houston. We should all feel blessed to have experienced the voice of an angel."
 
Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias, said that "working with her is an experience that I will cherish forever."
 
STATEMENT FROM THE RHYTHM & BLUES FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN DAMON WILLIAMS ON THE PASSING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON:
 
PHILADELPHIA - "We love Whitney Houston so much for sharing her special gift with the world.Whitney took the torch from R&B Pioneers before her and carried it to unimaginable heights. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Whitney's family members.We are thankful for the many years of support from Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston,  and cousins Dionne Warwick 

and Dee Dee Warwick, who all are recipients of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award." 

JOINT STATEMENT FROM KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF, LEGENDARY ‘SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA’ PRODUCERS AND PIONEERS, ON THE DEATH OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

GAMBLE & HUFF WROTE AND PRODUCED HITS WITH THE LATE LINDA CREED, WHO LATER WROTE HOUSTON’S #1 SMASH, ‘GREATEST LOVE OF ALL.’
 
“Whitney Houston was an unbelievable talent and one of the greatest voices of all time. Her passing is a tremendous shock and a terrible shame. She had a rough life and was under so much pressure as an artist, because she meant so much to the music community. She was one of the most admired singers ever, who was loved by everybody. We’re praying for her family.”

Gamble & Huff also recalled Ms. Houston’s strong Philly connection:

- A then-unknown Whitney Houston recorded “Hold Me,” a duet with Gamble & Huff recording artist Teddy Pendergrass for his 1984 Elektra album, “Love Language,” his first following the automobile accident that left him paralyzed.

- Gamble & Huff wrote and produced a number of hits with the late Linda Creed, who later wrote Houston’s #1 Smash, “Greatest Love of All.” They first met Houston in Philadelphia at a memorial for Creed, following her death from breast cancer, recalling that Houston “looked like a model and had so much going for her” when they went to her dressing room. They also recalled seeing Houston for the last time at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party in 2008.

- Gamble & Huff’s relationship with the Houston family began in the late ‘60s when they worked with the R&B act the Sweet Inspirations, founded by Cissy Houston. A Gamble & Huff composition, "Gotta Find Me A Brand New Lover" appeared on the group’s fifth album (Sweet Sweet Soul) in 1969, and “whenever Cissy couldn’t find a baby sitter, she’d bring Whitney to our studio in Philly. Cissy always used to talk about her daughter when we were recording with her, and what a great talent she was going to be.” 

My personal all time Houston favorite was her version of Dolly Parton's "I will always Love you." 
 
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