The publicist of singer Whitney Houston has confirmed to the Associated Press that Houston is dead at the age of 48.
Houston, who has struggled with drugs over the past decade, entered rehab in May for substance abuse problems after a series of disastrous concerts that left many fans feeling slighted. At the time, her rep told press that the move was voluntary for Houston to get well:
"Whitney Houston is currently in an out-patient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment. Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process."
"When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place... You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."