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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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FlBiker    

Houston, you have a problem!

955 days ago
137.

Patterson23    

She was broke...

955 days ago
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JAYCEN NOBLE    

im pissed

955 days ago
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Tom Brokaw    

you know what, the people making snipe comments are obviously 13 years old, Whitney Houston was the **** back in the day, I will always love her. I also have to say TMZ you always post the worst pictures of people in death, and for posting a nice picture of Whitney, I want to thank you for that. she deserved nothing less. R.I.P Whitney

955 days ago
140.

FLameira    

RIP

955 days ago
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catte    

It's not fame that kills ppl it's drugs that kill ppl. And not being able to cope with fame is not what kills ppl it's ppl's addiction to DRUGS. Stop blaming FAME for christs sakes. WE have an epidemic in this country of prescription pill addiction as well as street drug addiction. We need to call it what it is. DRUG ADDICTION. But before we say that she died of anything specific though we know her struggles with addiction are real and true, why not wait until we actually find out, and give a person the benefit of the doubt. We don't know her life. WE only think we do. Huge talent and a huge loss today. How many will die before this nation gets it's head out of it's ass and sees what's really going on here? We're a nation of pill popping addicts!

955 days ago
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Debra    

Whitney, You were a star. Every time one of your songs are played, the Universe will salute you.That is all that matters. R.I.P.

955 days ago
143.

Mike    

TMZ isn't the only one reporting on this. MSNBC just reported on this 5 minutes ago as a top story on their website.

RIP Whitney. :(

955 days ago
144.

m00njaguar    

Never a fan at all of Whitney Houston nor her musical style/genre at all, but still it is sad. Yet another artist in self-destruction, another public slow-motion suicide, like so many other musicians, writers and actors before her. A drug overdose? If drugs are not the direct cause, then of course its long-term destructive impact was a big part her unhappiness.

955 days ago
145.

P Marie    

NO ONE SAID HER DEATH HAD A DARN THING TO DO WITH DRUGS. YOU DUMMIES ARE ALL ASSUMING STFU

955 days ago
146.

Donna    

OHHH NOOO! Why? of what? I'm in shock, does anyone know the cause? Lord I loved her this is unbelievable!!! God Bless Whitney! Causes posted anywhere? This is horrible.

955 days ago
147.

Why    

Drug abuse is a symptom of deeper psychological issues. She was a talent that was probably damaged by traumas we can't even begin to understand. She will be missed.

955 days ago
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Tiana    

R.I.P Whitney Houston will always be a legend for ever!! Just pray for her family and will always be my hero forever too!!

955 days ago
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narone thomas    

This is crazy, all my favorite stars are dropping like flies, leaving us with these non-professional singers who do we have now...I am so hurt about this.

955 days ago
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Leslie    

Crime lab... what are the odds it wasn't drugs?

955 days ago
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