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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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1111.

HarveyIsMyHero    

Witney your to pretty why.. your eyes tell a thousand story.. heal with Gods Grace what ever makes you pretty why??

947 days ago
1112.

john smith    

Holy Hell!! what a great day for humanity!! that dirty cokedc up skank is finally dead!! three cheers for the gene pool!!

947 days ago
1113.

vivian    

so sad, RIP whitey.

947 days ago
1114.

Angela    

I am deeply saddened by the death of someone who earned her right to fame. The media was very, very crucial as to being part of her death. They had called killed her long before this with their vicious tales of her drug use. And what about her daughter who has to cope and go thru life everyday without her mother and has to live with all the bad things people have said about her mother. My heart is truly broken!!!! Instead of everyone worrying about her lifestyle, can anyone truly try to help her and see what was going on. Was anyone worried about her soul instead of worrying about what she did with the money that SHE earned?!?!?!? I WILL ALWAYS LOVE Y0U, Whitney Houston-Brown!!! The very best voice GOD ever gave anyone!!!

947 days ago
1115.

Menododrugs    

Stop Glorifying stupidity, She had it all and blew it all now shes dead and gone. Maybe Bobby Brown will get some insurance money out of this and blow it on dope and off himself too. Just another Michael Jackson moment and another one bites the dust....

947 days ago
1116.

fonseca BRASIL    

Sentimos muito pela a sua perda. Estamos orando para que DEUS a tenha em um bom lugar....

947 days ago
1117.

eduardoburgos    

RIP

947 days ago
1118.

soccer    

thats what you get if you do drugs. its so sad R.I.P

947 days ago
1119.

Doug    

wow....whatever her demaons were, she was an excellent performer and entertainer. She was awesome. I still can't beleive she's gone....so young.
Some of the posts on here are pretty harsh, and you shouldn't rush to judgemnent. It could have very well been unrelated to drugs. RIP Whiney and thanks for the menories and the time I ran into at the store while you lived here in Laguna Niguel, CA. You were smiling and very approachable.

947 days ago
1120.

carol    

You are dealing with people's lives and you don't care whether something you report is the truth..you don't care if it is...to you it's news... Keep your lies about what happened to Whitney where they belong.. in your little minds. The family should sue your stupid ass, maybe you might care then.

947 days ago
1121.

johnny hoem    

My beloved Whitney died because someone close to her introduced her to how to be addicted to drugs.This is the time to take good care of her daughter,meaning she be rescued from the ones resonsible for her mothers death.

947 days ago
1122.

Adeboyin Adefi    

That was really uncalled for. The poor woman is dead & her family, not to mention her fans, are really grieving right now. It's insensitive people like you that make the grieving even harder & more painful. Have some kind of respect for a dead diva & musical legend. Everyone has had issues 7 their own personal demons they've had to deal with. The only difference with Whitney and those people that are not public figures is that all her ups and downs have been well do***ented in magazines & newspapers all over the world. I know that talking about the bad decisions she made in the past when she was drinking and using drugs is something that will be inevitability talked about but it doesn't have to be the main focus all the time. Talk about those bad moments, get it off your chest, and move on to celebrating. Celebrate her life, the contributions she made all over the world, and the amazing music that she brought to us through out her career that have touched people from all walks of life, races, genres of music, etc. Celebrate Whitney's life and her amazing legacy. We love you and miss you Whitney!!!! May you have the peace that God wants you to have as you know walk hand-in-hand with Him now. Until we meet again. Rest in God's amazing peace!!!!

947 days ago
1123.

tukai    

Who is the lady leading her out?

947 days ago
1124.

j0dy    

As I reached the highest step I extended out my arms and selfishly cried "Come back with me, this time we will not let you fall!" she smiled, took a step back and whispered "I have no worries about falling .....I will never fall again!"

947 days ago
1125.

RCK    

If you play with fire the expect the consequences that come with it. Drugs kill talent.

947 days ago
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