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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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76.

Joboo    

she was just partying the other night at pre grammy party http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2099347/Whitney-Houston-emerges-nightclub-looking-worse-wear.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

983 days ago
77.

fastdriver    

Mediatakeout had this on their site with what happened last night!

http://cdn.mediatakeout.com/54128/shock-pics-whitney-houston-was-seen-leaving-a-club-with-her-wrists-slit-and-blood-everywhere-she-s-in-trouble.html

983 days ago
78.

Karls    

Her poor daughter & family RIP

983 days ago
79.

Gail    

She's sold way more than 200 albums worldwide. What a tragedy.

983 days ago
80.

lcmb    

Crack is whack.


Don't do drugs, and then you will be less likely to die in your 40s.

983 days ago
81.

Telma    

Wow!!!

983 days ago
82.

Steinberg    

Giving all my love to you.

RIP Whitney. sing with the Angels.

983 days ago
83.

get a life ho    

.,.,,.Ray J .,..

I wonder where he fits in all this ?

983 days ago
84.

Nicole    

According to ABC News...this is false.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1#.TzcSIOR9uSo

983 days ago
85.

Rich    

That's one way to avoid doing drugs in the future! Congrats on kicking the habit for good girl!

983 days ago
86.

raegan    

ray j? isnt he little young for her! She must have still been doing drugs

983 days ago
87.

Portia Chandler    

Rest In Peace What a LOSS! May God Be With Her Soul #blessing from below Love You! Portia

983 days ago
88.

Mary    

If it is true, so sad, RIP Whitney

983 days ago
89.

Melina    

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1#.TzcSQsiJmSo.... -denied.

983 days ago
90.

Keeah    

I just googled it and it says she is very much alive...

983 days ago
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