Tragedy has befallen the once-golden voice of Whitney Houston. Sadly, the great singer/actress has died at the age of 48. Details are scarce at this time, but Houston has had a very rough life after early mega-success highlighted, some believe, by perhaps the greatest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner before the 1990 Super Bowl between the NY Giants and Buffalo Bills.

Houston's publicist Kristin Foster broke the news early this evening. No details as to the cause of death have been given yet. Houston has battled major drug problems and a failed, ugly marriage to Bobby Brown.

Houston sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide in her great career. It was right after the first Gulf War that Houston sang the National Anthem before the Giants Super Bowl vivtory over the Buffalo Bills when Scott Norwood missed wide right.

The silky smooth singer also appeared in some hit movies like  "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale". Reports say Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.