TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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).

video platform video management video solutions video player
0211_ed_winter_video
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.

0211_rememebring_whitneyupdate_bar
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.

1344 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

Jolena    

another soul lost to the chain of addiction, so so sad. My prayers are with her family especially her daughter.

930 days ago
17.

Caligirl    

So sad. I am guessing the demon drugs did her in.

930 days ago
18.

Jay Markowitz    

Holy Crap.

No other news source reporting this.

TMZ breaks another BIG story, showing why they are much more than just a 'gossip' site.

930 days ago
19.

Bubba    

This is drugs. This is a diva on drugs. Any questions?

930 days ago
20.

HumanNature    

OMG!!!!


REGARDLESS OF HER PAST TROUBLES SHE WAS A HUMAN BEING!!!!


R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON

930 days ago
21.

Jeansgeans    

WOW just WOW!!! RIP

930 days ago
22.

Superman    

OD? Odd that you just had a "good docs or good genes" thing on her.

930 days ago
23.

Nayners57    

I'm sad to say I'm not surprised.

930 days ago
24.

Anon    

What a waste of talent.

930 days ago
25.

Debbie    

What do you expect once a druggie always a druggie
A Leopard does not change it's spots.
Debbie

930 days ago
26.

o.O    

fake? or true ? :(

930 days ago
27.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Shocking

930 days ago
28.

Brenda    

So so sorry to hear this.

930 days ago
29.

Jeremy    

wow 200 albums worldwide? what a superstar

930 days ago
30.

Tamara    

omg what happen, crash, drugs, secret illness, omg what a shock.

930 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web