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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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1096.

Tesire    

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!

891 days ago
1097.

sofi    

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.

891 days ago
1098.

GreyWolf    

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.

891 days ago
1099.

GreyWolf    

<3 <3 <3Thank you so much for all of the great music, your awe inspiring performances and having the class and dignity that you showed us when you first arrived on the music scene. You Ms. Houston paved the way and set the bar for other musicians to shoot for. Your voice was a one in a million. Rest now and know that your fans are loyal and will never forget you or your great music you left behind. God Speed and God Bless. <3 <3 <3

891 days ago
1100.

Joe Mamma    

See, colored people CAN'T swim.

891 days ago
1101.

MR A DAVIES    

WEE IN THE UK LOVE HIR AND WEE WILL MISS HIR FOR HEVER GOOD BLESS HIR FROM LIVERPOOL IN THE UK

891 days ago
1102.

Truthines    

Bobby Browns manager, a cabbie during the day, is coaching him on when to cry during "performances". It's hard to cry when you're thinking "YES! They're talking about ME again! I'm back!"

891 days ago
1103.

Flytning    

R.I.P Whitney

891 days ago
1104.

Micaela Huoston    

What a BEAUTIFUL voice she have I just found out that she died she was the BEST aunt I ever had.

891 days ago
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Micaela Huoston    

What a BEAUTIFUL voice she have I just found out that she died she was the BEST aunt I ever had.

891 days ago
1106.

kimotheraphy    

For whatever she did to herself, no one suffered greater than herself. And no one sadder... I won't forget the music she left us with. I still listen to songs like I Will Always Love You and Run To You and am still blown away each time by the magnificent singing and the pleasure it brings.. Thank you Whitney.. Will always appreciate the songs you left us with...

891 days ago
1107.

ducky do    

LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

891 days ago
1108.

ducky do    

What a loser. Although, given the unlikely chance, I would have bent her over a sofa and f**ked her in the a## until the cows came home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't think she was black. It appeared that she was overly tanned. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

891 days ago
1109.

Whitney Houston Fan    

Please like her memorial fan page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whitney-Houston-1963-2012/290716280994340
let her rest in peace.

891 days ago
1110.

selma    

OMGGGGGGGGGG iloved her im her biggest fan im 9 jears old en she is dead in her bath is it posebel ?????? oh noooo i love her en she still be mine

891 days ago
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