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On the eve of the Grammy awards, 48-year-old Whitney was due to perform at music mogul and mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Whitney was found unresponsive in her suite at 3:43 pm PST and was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm PST. Despite the fact that the Beverly Hills police say there's no obvious evidence of foul play or cause of death at this time, rumours suggest that the death is drug related.
Whitney's talent was constantly overshadowed by her struggles. With a volatile marriage to Bobby Brown and a storied history of substance abuse, Whitney received more publicity for her troubles than she did for her outstanding voice.
Whitney's untimely death is casting a greater shadow as the music industry gears up for today's Grammy awards. The singer was honored at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party last night, and Grammy producers confirmed that Jennifer Hudson will help memorialize Whitney during tonight's show. Police continue to investigate her death, but as the infamous saying goes, "the show must go on."