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Whitney Houston

Dead at 48

2/11/2012 10:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0212_whitney_houston_gurney_EXWhitney Houston died this afternoon ... a rep for the singer announced. She was 48.

Our sources tell us a member of Whitney's entourage found her in her 4th-floor room at the Beverly Hilton hotel ... and called hotel security -- who then dialed 911. When paramedics arrived Houston was found unresponsive. 

We're told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on an unrelated call. According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM. 

Our sources say there were no obvious signs of foul play, but BH PD detectives have begun a full investigation. We're told she was ID'ed by family and friends.

L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter told our photog at 7:09 PM that it is too early in the investigation to tell what happened (see below).

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The singer famously battled drug addiction for years (see related links below).

Houston was seen out in Hollywood Thursday night for a Grammy party ... and she did not look well (below). She even briefly took the mic and performed a song while she was there -- what would become her last performance. See the video here.

0211_whitney_gsiHouston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album "Whitney" was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums worldwide.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.

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Sources tell TMZ, Whitney Houston "partied heavily" last night at the Beverly HIlton hotel where she was staying, drinking and chatting loudly with friends in the bar -- but Cissy Houston and Dionne Warwick claim the singer sounded fine just hours before her death.

We're told Bobby Brown is distraught over Whitney's death -- going "in and out of crying fits." His band New Edition tells us, they are "shocked and saddened."

Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- which Whitney was supposed to open -- is going on as scheduled this evening, though Clive will not be in attendance.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, police are currently seeking a search warrant to investigate the hotel room where Whitney was found dead. One item they'll be looking out for -- drugs.

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Derrick    

No cause? huh?

895 days ago
2.

Christine LEE    

WHAT?!

895 days ago
3.

Mary Ann McQueen    

A beautiful voice silenced. Troubled her whole adult life by drug addiction.... RIP

895 days ago
4.

James R. - Los Angeles    

See, kids?

Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

895 days ago
5.

dave    

Confirmation? You're the only people reporting this...

895 days ago
6.

Deelight    

What a great loss...R.I.P Whitney

895 days ago
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patty    

what happened - tmz is ahead of the news

895 days ago
8.

David    

Crackhead

895 days ago
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Myeyesareburnin'    

R.I.P. Whitney...

895 days ago
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XciteMe83    

Cocaine's a HELLUVA DRUG

895 days ago
11.

Amalia    

You must mean 200 MILLION albums. Poor Bobbi Kristina...wonder if they'll do a tribute at the Grammys tomorrow?

895 days ago
12.

Josh    

Sad. Like many singers before her, just didn't know how to deal with all the fame that came with having amazing talent. RIP

895 days ago
13.

Moon    

A true legend amazing voice so sad

RIP

895 days ago
14.

schoen1    

That's so sad.

895 days ago
15.

patty    

1 week after she got back together w/ ray-j, her poor daughter

895 days ago
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