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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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barbie cobain    

R.I.P. Whitney
and we always love u....
and I always love u!!

929 days ago


Addiction is wicked beast! People see what it can do to a person yet some think this will never be them. WISE THE F UP and not do it! If not for yourself, for the ones that have to live with the fact YOU chose drugs/alchohol over life!

929 days ago

Denia Herrera    

A beautiful voice silenced ...... RIP Whitney

929 days ago

Bubba Newman    

Years of addiction rehab failures, crack, coke, scripts. Hmmm who would have seen this coming, and everyone is stunned? WoW same group that thought M.Jackson looked a bit pale. Save america 1 term for the hope, oops I mean dope...

929 days ago

tshepiso ntlhabane    

oh what a great loss,whitney i loved your music so much anyway we gonna miss dear,may god be with you through all all the way,rest in peace,u'll always be in our heart,we'll remember you especially with your music,i look into u,u'll always be my man,always love u,i can name them 1 by 1,RIP

929 days ago


we all can judge her mistakes and we all do mistakes but we do not all shine like she did may she rest in peace and may you all be judged like you judge her

929 days ago


There is a killer on the road
his brain is squirming like a toad
take a long holiday
let your children play
If you give this man a ride- sweet family will die
there is a killer on the road!

(lyrics by: Jim Morrisson § the DOORS: "riders on the storm")
-Jim Morisson died 1970in his bathtub in Paris out of an unknown reason at the age of 29-

929 days ago


I thought it was another PASS to sell the coming GRAMMY's(2012)! But everyone, the media et. al, is tweeting it out Sunday Feb 13th.We will MISS you,Whitney! The artist that is listed in the GUINESS Book of World Records as the highest paid artist for a single song performance($3 Million for the song One Moment In Time performed at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympiad) and at one time the GUINESS Book of World Records singer with the most No. 1 HITS at the American Billboard, Whitney Houston's demise at 48 is a huge tragedy for the MUSIC industry.

929 days ago


No queston, it's the usual drugs that killed her. What a waste of talent. Hope sh's happy now.

929 days ago


Another druggie celbrity case. No surprise here. Kinda overdue if you ask me

929 days ago


Whitney Thank you for being that sweet wondrous voice when I drove back home in traffic. You always made me feel happy and in love. Thank Ms.H and Rest in Peace sweet woman.

929 days ago

DJ Sir "CJ Pepper"    

I´m a german dj and i had a lot of beautifull moments with your songs. I thank you so much and will always remember you. R.I.P Whithney

929 days ago


stop judging her because u are not God and u are not able to forgive her and u were not even able to know the last word she said! maybe she asked for forgiveness and she is already in heaven while u are still confused of where u will go! either hell or Heaven! may her soul rest in peace ever! i dont support drugs but i cant stop loving her!

929 days ago


Poor Whitney it seems you didn't find the greatest love of all inside of you.May God give you the peace you couldn't find while you were alive and may he watch over your daughter.

929 days ago


For the life of me, I will never figure out why people insist on posting stupid, mean, cruel remarks about another human beings misfortune or death. Is it because you want the attention or you want everyone to know what a stupid ******* you really are?
Since her debut in the 1980′s the actress and Grammy award winning Whitney Houston has always been a socially-conscious giver and supporter of so many causes in our community! Most recently, in 2011 Whitney Houston has partnered with her sister, Patricia Houston, to develop a unique new scented candle. Called Marion P, the line consists of five scents inspired by a trip to Israel that Whitney and Patricia took several years ago. A portion of the proceeds from the candles has benefited the Teen Summit mentoring program which Patricia started in 2007 through The Patricia Houston Foundation. The Patricia Houston Foundation seeks to “Rebuild, Restore and Repair” the lives of young adults, and Teen Summit provides thousands of teens with opportunities to participate in workshops and hear speakers. Whitney described the candle as “an experience” and encouraged people to do a good deed by supporting the Teen Summit program. Whitney was also a mother, a friend, a daughter and an entertainer who did more with her life than the losers who sit at their computer posting negative disparaging remarks out her. Fact is you are finding the time to pick a part a women you knew nothing about. Get a life and let Whitney rest in peace.

929 days ago
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