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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.

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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Detective. LaToya    

Wowwww! I can't believe this!! I was just watching her video on tmz the other day! Why are so many people on drugs! Stop using drugs! I know Ray-J's on that coke too! How tragic!

983 days ago


The drugs got her in the end. It's a shame.

983 days ago


I don't think she was able to let go of the drugs.

983 days ago

TMZ addict    

I don't believe this..

983 days ago

There's a problem here    

No one saw that coming did they? It's sad for her kid though.

983 days ago

Velecia Roth    

Is this for real??? Another article says her people are denying this is it for real???

983 days ago


god I hope not, in her day one of the most beautiful women to have ever lived. jersey girl.

983 days ago


If this is true, it is so, so sad. She was such an amazing talent, and was still so young, whose personal demons may have gotten the best of her. So awful.

983 days ago


Such a terrible waste, she was so talented and beautiful. :(

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983 days ago


She never made her come back. :( RIP

983 days ago


lived a lie! be bop yea yea yea, watch any of her vidios an ACT. thats all she was.

983 days ago


Such a terrible waste. She was beautiful and had a beautiful voice. RIP.

983 days ago


Tragic,so very very sad,beautiful Lady with a beautiful voice RIP

983 days ago


Wow, RIP

983 days ago
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