American singer and actress Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48 ( Image: BBC )
Police said she died in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she had been staying as a guest.
Houston was one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, with hits including ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘Saving All My Love For You’.
Police spokesman Mark Rosen told reporters Houston was pronounced dead at 23:55 GMT in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Fire department personnel and members of hotel security were attempting to resuscitate her when police arrived at the scene, he said, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The cause of her death remains unclear but Mr Rosen said there were 'no obvious signs of criminal intent'.