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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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1036.

Georgina Turner    

Just in case some people are misinformed of drug combinations. I have had one myself, the anxiety reducing drug Zantex has a deadly effect when grapefruit is eaten.

984 days ago
1037.

FlowerPower    

RIP Whitney:-(
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Where do broken hearts go
Can they find their way home
Back to the open arms
Of a love that's waiting there
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You'll be sorely missed.

984 days ago
1038.

tellitlikeitis    

Idolizing this woman is not the right thing to do,. The Whitney Houstons and Amy Winehouses of this (and the next) world were given great talents but no brains. One who turns to substance abuse has no place in showbusiness because of the negative impact on the younger generation,. Even one of Whitneys best known songs starts with the words " I believe the children are our future, Teach them well and let them lead the way, Show them all the beauty they posses inside, Give them a sense of pride "....., ;Hardly the mentor our youngsters need. May she, as one of Gods children, rest in peace.

984 days ago
1039.

EYESOFTHECAT    

OURS! How my heart is aching.ALREADY FEEL HER MISSING;DAMN IS ALCOHOL AND DRUGS!!

984 days ago
1040.

rebecca44310    

I could not relate with those who were sad when Etta James died, but now I think I know how they feel. Whitney was my generation's Etta James. Rest In Peace Whitney, I could feel that put your full heart and soul in your songs. They inspired hope, courage and helped the heart mend. Your vocal ability as well as your rendition of the American national anthem remains the standard....and yet there are ALOT people running their mouths about Whitney in a bad way.... People never cease to amaze me man!!!!...addict or not Whitney Houston is and always be a legend....How many artists are out here abusing some type of substance...majority do...that doesnt give u the right to speak so harshly about her.....Imagine if it was one of your family members that was a celebrity and this happened to, true she knew what she was doing, but people abuse substances because they are not happy with themselves or where they are at in life.For those of you who have nothing better to do with your lives that you would disrespect the dead. Please look in the mirror first.. How would you feel if you had died and all people did was talk bad about you?! Grow up and show some respect! Whitney Houston had a unique voice and great talent. She was only human and humans make mistakes and if you people can't realize that then you are no better then Bobby Brown, who let's not forget abused her for many years and was a very forceful man. She left this world beause she needed to be at peace again. She was angel on earth & now she can be angel in heaven......Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. She is dead its sad let her rest in peace. What will people say bout you when you die she is a celebrity thats the only reason here sickness was broadcast. Many ppl have demons too just isnt broad cast like hers leave her alone. Only God has the right to judge anybody. Enjoy your days!!!!!...How ever it happened we have lost a AWESOME artist.... MY prayers go out to her family and daughter Bobby Christina..... Rest in Paradise Miss Whitney,He has called you home to be with Him....♥ Your battle is over♥

984 days ago
1041.

v1z    

Whitney will be missed.
On an aside, while I like getting news on celebs from TMZ,
Publishing the picture of the stretcher and body bag was distasteful, and disrespectful. Not only to her and her memory but your viewers as well. The staff and publisher at TMZ should be ashamed (and sued for Defamation) after all you wouldn't want pictures of your dead mother on a stretcher posted online and seen worldwide. Shaking my head at TMZ.

984 days ago
1042.

tim    

hmmmmmm...... so sad !!!! but i'm wondering.... if there was no foul play, then after all this time, why is her body still in the hotel room and why is the police dept. trying to obtain search warrants for the room. you can bet that when the dust settles on this one, there will be some b-s at the bottom of the pile.... and although for years she could have said "no", i wonder if Bobby Brown is proud of himself for getting her hooked on all the drugs and basically ruining her career AND ending her life.

984 days ago
1043.

Michael    

It is very sad that such a special talent was struck down before their time . That is what can happen to a well brought up young person in a christian environment .Had BOBBIE BROWN never conned his way into her life ,just to live off her coat tails . He is nothing more than a OG PIMP that weaseled his way into her life . then he introduces a person with depression illness to drugs .He did that just to better control her and alienate her from the people that loved her the most ( Her Family ). If that isn't a s*** bag , I don't know what is . R.I.P. Whitney ,you will be truly missed , and I hope you find peace where you are going, Lord knows you certainly couldn't find it here .

984 days ago
1044.

guest    

Wow i have to admit i have absolutely no idea who this person is, this is the first time ever that i see her. but RIP..

984 days ago
1045.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I feel sorry for this Coroner. He's autopsying mostly crackheads and junkies. Nobody's coming into his office anymore for natural causes. Welcome to the new generation.

984 days ago
1046.

Marie    

Whitney Houston was so beautiful and talented. Now she is gone forever and at such a youmg age. So sad. R.I.P.

984 days ago
1047.

Staceyann Dolenti    

I will always remember Whitney in her better days when she was considered one of the classiest women alive. Rest in Peace Whitney. Staceyann Dolenti

984 days ago
1048.

BillPalmer    

Very Tragic. A great talent and a great smile. Whitney Houston will be missed.

984 days ago
1049.

Ernie    

It's sad that this happens. I am sure that her crack use shortened her life. And in the picture. She looks like hell. Like she just had a hit!!! When do these, So called Stars, stop thinking that they are above anyone else. Do they ever look at the headlines. And how many Famous people die of drugs and crap. They should have followed Cypress Hill and Snoops drug. WEED!!! It don't kill you!!!!

984 days ago
1050.

Tiffaney Hampton    

Whitney, you were "Waiting to Exhale" and trying to figure out "Why Does It Hurt So Bad". In spite of it all, you really wanted that "One Moment in Time" where somebody could say "Count on Me" and really mean it. So...in your process of "Getting to Happy", you turned to God and said "I Look to You" and He replied "I Will Always Love You". Now, you are experiencing "The Greatest Love of All". You can finally close your eyes and exhale may you Rest in Peace!!!!

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