The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts.
During her career, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. She
also struggled with addiction problems over the years.
Houston, whose hits included “The Greatest Love of All,” died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She had performed as late as Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event in the area. A pre-Grammy party was scheduled Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.
Houston’s funeral service will be streamed online this weekend. A single video camera will be placed in the New Hope Baptist Church in the singer’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and the footage will be made available to media outlets.
The funeral, which will be held on Saturday at noon, is expected to last about 90 minutes. Marvin Winans, the gospel singer and pastor who married Houston and Bobby Brown in 1992, will deliver the eulogy. After the service, Houston will be buried at the Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father was buried in 2003.
Next week, the Post will pay a special tribute to Whitney Houston.