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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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Boonie    

She has sold 200 albums world wide. WOW

985 days ago
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cchristylove@yahoo.com    

Shocked! Why so young? Her poor daughter....God bless her and the whole family.

985 days ago
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Redskin_Chick    

RIP honey. You will be missed. I was just watching a bunch of videos of her the other day on youtube. So sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, esp her beautiful little girl.

985 days ago
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timothy    

this ain't another hoax like bon jovi dyin', is it?

985 days ago
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parlayer    

junkie! guess winning isn't enough, ask charlie.

985 days ago
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Michelle    

What a sad loss. Once again drugs derails a talented woman. May she find some peace and may her family be held in God's hands as they grieve. RIP

985 days ago
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andrea    

I believe it TMZ was the first to report MJ died.

985 days ago
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Jessica    

AP reporting too. Confirmed. Sad.

985 days ago
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Kàt    

so very sad. The good do die young

985 days ago
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Truth    

WOW, DAYUMMM THIS IS SAD. THIS KID WAS TWEETING ABOUT HER DEATH. HE WAS SAYING HIS AUNT IS TIFFANY DIXON, HER HAIR STYLIST, FOUND HER DEAD IN THE TUB. SHE WAS KNOWN AND ADMITTED TO SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC BRONCHITIS GOING BACK TO DIANE SAWYER INTERVIEW IN 2004... SAD, WTF... RIP. #TRUTH!!

985 days ago
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mariah    

please tell me this a rummor

985 days ago
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campy    

Wow. Didn't see that one coming. Did she kick the bucket in a crack den or was it natural causes? That's what happens people, crack is whack. Just ask Randy Quaid about the Hollywood star killers.

985 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Probably from an OD.

985 days ago
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MemyselfandI    

funny.. this isnt on the AP website or any other news organzations site

985 days ago
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