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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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Bart Carter    

So sad.So young and a great singer.

934 days ago
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Aaron    

This is so sad.I didn't see this coming at all.I thought she got better.

934 days ago
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GiGi    

Prayers going out to her family..what a tragedy..another talented person lost.

934 days ago
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stormy5    

Tragic, but sadly not unexpected.

934 days ago
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christie    

my heart goes out to the family.r.i.p whitney

934 days ago
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patty    

this was exactly what every one was soo worried about when they saw her w/ ray-j

934 days ago
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Jessica    

hey check this site out cuz its a rumor says this link....
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=102477&page=1

934 days ago
98.

VO guy    

Can you say "Bobbi Brown"? A beautiful lady and a golden voice. She gave us some great tunes.

934 days ago
99.

Heather     

Guy, that story on abc.com is from 2006. It's now 2012. She's dead. Her rep is the one confirming it.

934 days ago
100.

John    

****.. **** Bobby Brown.. *******..

934 days ago
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Christine LEE    

The AP is also reporting that this is true.

934 days ago
102.

Quinn    

drug addiction is horrible

934 days ago
103.

Kevin    

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

934 days ago
104.

googoogaga    

**** yeah. more drugs more deaths
love this ****.

934 days ago
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