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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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181.

LeeLoo    

Most of you have already expressed the same amount of sadness that I have about it. I am about to say something extremely inappropriate so I apologize in advance for those I offend. But I have to ask, how is it that someone who was genuinely kind and had the best of intentions in life dies, while parasitic people like Lindsay Lohan are allowed to live?

922 days ago
182.

TJ    

Another HOLLYWOOD tragedy! Beauty,brains,talent,wealth-never enough. I remember what a good actress she was in "The Bodyguard",with Kevin Costner.And that magnificent voice!
A sad day,indeed~

922 days ago
183.

dAMIAN    

Dam Bobby Brown!

922 days ago
184.

sharlee treloar    

Such a beautiful girl in the mid 1980's.......SO SAD. She had money, fame and talent but I don't think it ever really made her happy.
R.I.P. Whitney.<3

922 days ago
185.

Monstamuffin    

That poor heart

922 days ago
186.

Traci    

So sad, she had a beautiful voice! I do not think that any singer out there today had her talent! She will be missed.

922 days ago
187.

mebrat24    

and ray j is in the middle of it. Great singer with lots of trouble.

922 days ago
188.

Grumpy    

God rest her soul.

922 days ago
189.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Sad. Expected. No surprise.

922 days ago
190.

Shannon    

RIP Whitney You Be Miss. Her Family is in my prayers

922 days ago
191.

YuRaY&JuAn    

We will miss you!
REST IN PEACE BEAUTIFUL TALENTED WHITNEY

922 days ago
192.

krystal    

aww what a sin, really hard to believe. Seeing we were just seeing new news about her a ray-j being together.
Keep us posted Tmz
RIP Whitney

922 days ago
193.

toni marquez    

When you come down to who can and who can't, no-one should ever believe that they are better than that addition..hard core drugs will get you faster than alcohol which will destroy you organs and eventually kill you. May her voice be heard amongst Angels and finally if it was her demonds, they can no longer reign over her. RIP..gone to soon...

922 days ago
194.

myopinion    

RIP Whitney...You are at Peace, No more troubles.

922 days ago
195.

FlBiker    

Ray-J killed her!

922 days ago
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