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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.

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

961 days ago
1097.

Joe Mamma    

See, colored people CAN'T swim.

961 days ago
1098.

MR A DAVIES    

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

961 days ago
1099.

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!"

961 days ago
1100.

Flytning    

R.I.P Whitney

961 days ago
1101.

Micaela Huoston    

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

961 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.

961 days ago
1103.

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...

961 days ago
1104.

ducky do    

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

961 days ago
1105.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

961 days ago
1106.

Whitney Houston Fan    

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

961 days ago
1107.

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

961 days ago
1108.

Ron    

Whitney was sober and clean before that douche Bobby Brown brought her down to his level.

961 days ago
1109.

Keith Jackson    

My prayers and sympathy goes out to the entire Houston's family. Whitney was a inspiration to all ages. She was a God's gifted talent with a angel voice that will never be replaced. Her music will live within us for the rest of our lives She's now gone to heaven and will sing and rejoice in heaven with the Angels. She will look down to her family and shower them with love and embrace. It is time for you to rest now, No more hurt and no more pain.

Love you Always"

961 days ago
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marilyn regan    

there is a saying in hollywood lived the fast track and died young and i have to say its so true with so many stars and celebrity they lived the fast track and they died young

961 days ago
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