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Entertainer Whitney Houston dead at 48

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Whitney Houston, the 48-year-old songstress who thrilled Chicago music lovers with mega hits such as "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You," has been confirmed dead by her publicist, Kristen Foster.

Lieutenant Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department says an emergency call was received at 3:43 P.M. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, about a non-responsive person at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and that rescue arrived within minutes.

Rosen says rescue personnel attempted to revive the pop music star inside her fourth floor hotel room, but were unsuccessful. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 P.M. Officials say the cause of death is under investigation, and that her remains will be transferred to the local medical examiner's office.

Police have not yet identified the person who called for emergency assistance, but Lt. Rosen says the caller was an associate of Houston, and the singer/actress was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party at the hotel.