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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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Deb pflipsen    

Before we all jump on the assumption it was a drug overdose, how about we let the facts come out. Yes, she has a long history of drug abuse & addiction but they are also saying a crime lab is on scene. This is not a usual scenario for drug overdoses or natural deaths.

902 days ago
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Darlene D    

Amazing voice.
How tragic.
RIP Whitney.

902 days ago
168.

Norig    

:(

902 days ago
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Independent Sweethart    

Lord, Whitney I love you and forever will you live in my heart as well as others. My prays go out to the entire family as well as friends. WHITNEY I LOVE YOU. I look forward to seeing you in heaven singing all of songs with Luther and Michael right next to you.

902 days ago
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timmy two tone    

god give us all we need,and some of us feel we need more..and more,and more...and some more.and a little bit more..more more MORE''''SHE NEDDS TO ASK HER SELF...HAVE I HAD ENOUGH..?

902 days ago
171.

Chris    

Unbelievable and shocking......way too soon to silence this young woman. Yes, she's had her problems, but most people do (to some extent). RIP Whitney, we'll miss your unique voice and style.

902 days ago
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Ms_Tell    

RIP Sweet Whitney, the drugs just took you away

902 days ago
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Kailyn    

This is such a tragedy. Rest in peace, Whitney.

If this was in fact drug related, I truly hope this is a wake-up call to people, such as Demi Moore who has not only one, but THREE loving children. My condolences go out to Whitney's family and friends.

902 days ago
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Kinkee Pinkee    

Sad news. In spite of her troubles she was still a beautiful woman with one of the most amazing voices ever. My heart goes out to her young daughter and the rest of her family and friends. I was a big fan of Whitney's music.

902 days ago
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hyydin    

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/11/whitney-houston-dies-at-48/

902 days ago
176.

JiLL1    

WOW WOW WOW . Such talent lost to drugs

902 days ago
177.

MJ    

Im sorry but I think this is BS, thers another article here http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1 that counters this one...plus how can u believe this article if theres no actual information about it!

902 days ago
178.

Cheyenne    

You spelled Houston Wrong .. "so far, the details surround HOUSTIN'S death are unclear."
RIP Whitney Houston .

902 days ago
179.

birdman    

I find it ironic sites like msn.com don't post it on the front page until TMZ confirms lol

902 days ago
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kathryn overstreet    

RIP God bless the family

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