Whitney Houston dies of unknown causes at age 48

Claire Bramel

After a career filled with success and turmoil, music sensation Whitney Houston died today, according to  the Wall Street Journal. She was 48.

Houston was a critically acclaimed singer and performer throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. She slipped into obscurity in her later years. Houston's publicist Kristen confirmed her death, but the cause and location remain unknown. She has been out of public eye for the past few months, but according to the Wall Street Journal, she hoped to stage a comeback later in 2012.

The singer was reportedly in consideration for a role on Simon Cowell's FOX singing competition show "The X-Factor."

Known for her hits like “I Will Always Love You,” Houston also starred in films like “The Bodyguard” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

In Houston’s later years she “became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use," according to an Associated Press obituary.

-Kevin Burbach contributed to this post