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Whitney Houston's death: Recording Academy head issues statement

February 11, 2012 |  7:57 pm




The president of the Recording Academy, which is responsible for the Grammy Awards, issued a statement Saturday night after the news of Whitney Houston’s death.

“Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades,” Neil Portnow said in the statement. “Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.”

 Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton hotel Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement sources told The Times that paramedics arrived at the Wilshire Boulevard hotel, where Houston was staying, and found her dead shortly before 4 p.m.

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The cause of death was unknown, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is ongoing.

Houston, 48, was in the Los Angeles area for a musical tribute for music executive Clive Davis and had performed earlier this week. Houston was planning to attend Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party Saturday at the hotel.


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Photo: Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press