Grammy award-winning singer and actress Whitney Houston was found in the bath with prescription drugs nearby, latest reports claim as the death of the singer prompts a worldwide outpouring of grief

Legendary singer and film star Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48 in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton after a long battle with hard drugs and alcohol that blighted her career.

Singer Alicia Keys (L) and chief creative officer of Sony, Clive Davis
mourn the loss of the 'greatest voice ever'. pics/afp

The star was found by her bodyguard drowned in a bathtub in a room containing prescription pill bottles, according to sources.

Paramedics battled to revive the singer but she was pronounced dead yesterday.

The cause of death is not yet known. There were no illegal drugs in the fourth floor hotel suite but the previous evening she had 'partied heavily, drank and chatted loudly' with friends at the hotel bar.

Flowers and candles left by fans of singer Whitney Houston on the street
outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the hotel where she was found dead

The Grammy award-winning star was one of the world's bestselling artists in the 80s and 90s. But by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.

Organisers of the Grammys have said Houston will be remembered at the awards in a tribute by Jennifer Hudson.

The entire film and music industry was in shock after the news and Apollo
Theatre in New York put up a sign in memory of her

Break down
Hearing the news of his ex-wife's death Bobby Brown was reportedly 'in and out of crying fits'. But Brown decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singer's sudden and tragic passing.

During his concert in Mississippi, the 43-year-old tearfully shouted, 'I love you, Whitney,' as he blew kisses to the sky.

170 mn
Total number of records Houston has sold worldwide

The number of Grammy awards Whitney Houston has won

Number of albums

Paying their last repects
Following the news, fellow celebrities and contemporaries lined up to pay their respects, with describing the star as a "legend" and an "icon"
One of the best voices I have heard in my life ever. A true superstar legendary diva.   
-- Simon Cowell

Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. 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.                 
-- Dolly Parton

This is a sad day today, all I want to talk about is her music. She was the most beautiful woman I think I ever saw. ... Thank you for giving us your talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.              
-- Elton John

Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's |family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.
-- Mariah Carey

No words! Just tears #DearWhitney
-- Rihanna

R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Thank you for the amazing music you brought into the world.
-- Mark Zuckerberg

So sad to hear the news about Whitney Houston. She was such a beautiful and talented woman. My heart goes out to her family. RIP.
-- Paris Hilton

I just can't talk about it now. It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.
-- Aretha Franklin