President Barack Obama's "thoughts and prayers" are with Whitney Houston's family, especially her 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the White House says.
The 48-year-old singer was found dead inside a bathtub in a room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday February 11. Police are still investigating the case, while Houston's body has been released from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office following a completed autopsy. She is set to be flown to New Jersey for a funeral.
When asked at a press briefing on Monday, February 13, if Obama has ever met Houston and is a fan of her music, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters: "I actually don't know if he's ever met - if he did ever meet Whitney Houston. And as for his ... I mean, I think it would be hard not to be an admirer of her immense talent."
"I know that ... well, I haven't spoken with him about it, but... I know that his thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter. I mean, it's a tragedy to lose somebody so talented at such a young age."
The pop, soul and R&B singer had struggled with substance abuse for years. She relapsed and returned to rehab in May. Two days before she died, she celebrated and performed at a Los Angeles nightclub in what marked her final performance, although it is unclear whether she consumed alcohol (check out photos and video from the event).
Her death occurred a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, which featured an emotional performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson.
Check out how celebrities reacted to news of Whitney Houston's death as well as photos of Whitney Houston through the years.