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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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61.

snoopy2    

RIP Whitney..just too sad

983 days ago
62.

brown dynamite    

wow.....

983 days ago
63.

Mariah Welch    

:( OMG im crying here she will be missed

983 days ago
64.

Simone    

So many young deaths lately...important reminder not to make the most of this life.

983 days ago
65.

mike holly    

she sold 200 albums world wide. thats impresive

983 days ago
66.

LT    

If I was running a Dead Pool she would have been one of my picks for the last five years.

983 days ago
67.

ashney    

TMZ is NOT the only one reporting this, its on yahoo & AP.org.

RIP Whitney!

983 days ago
68.

Itsmyopinionsothere    

It was always when and never If the drugs would shorten her life

983 days ago
69.

guy incognito    

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1 says you're wrong. wonder who's gonna end up with egg on their face

983 days ago
70.

BluJeanGirl    

Drugs are an evil beast. May she now rest in peace. My sympathies to Bobbi Christina.

983 days ago
71.

WhiteHawk    

I don't believe in this.

983 days ago
72.

bee    

Only SALVATION lasts my folks. Lets build a home in heaven, not on earth. May Whitney be at peace finally.

983 days ago
73.

Patches Devile    

she only sold 200 albums world wide???

983 days ago
74.

Stone Cold Spydee    

Hey TMZ! Time to take down that 'Whitney Houston Good Genes or Good Docs?' link!

983 days ago
75.

mike    

Rest in peace Whitney.

983 days ago
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