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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.

1347 COMMENTS

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1141.

armie martinez    

oh my idol..i awe my adolescent years....tour songs awakes a part of heart and my...my love life are all part of tour songs..i will miss u so much...i love you whitney i'll be missing you..how i wish to see your wake...

877 days ago
1142.

brontox     

Buset dah..!!

876 days ago
1143.

Ulisses Vicente    

Unfortunately, it is a great irreparable loss in the world
musical.
She is very loved in my country, which is the case in Brazil.
Unfortunately we were orphans of another great voice
musical world!
Rest in peace Whitney Houston!

Sincerely, Ulysses Vincent!

876 days ago
1144.

Arildo Silva    

Infelizmente mais uma vítima das drogas.

875 days ago
1145.

mal    

wow. i dont no what im going to do without whitny

875 days ago
1146.

gissy1998    

Whats with the face of the other woman in the picture above? She high on crack too? lol.She kina resemble Whitney huh?

875 days ago
1147.

ines celik hamburg germany    

i hope whitney RIP. whitney nerver dies because her music
live forever. i wish bobby kristina so much power for the next hard days and weeks.your mum was a wonderfull person.

875 days ago
1148.

T'yaja    

Hay I love Whitney Houston so so much

875 days ago
1149.

Brenda70821    

I am from new orleans louisiana we do home going celebrations we celebrate life not death we secondline down the streets of new orleans sing and dance all the way to the grave yard

874 days ago
1150.

Brenda70821    

Clive Davis we know about your lowdown rich ass.I BET YOU are a blood scarafic devil. we know your rich santanic ass wants to control the music industry I pray that god takes a good look at you before you kill another famous entertainer

874 days ago
1151.

Elys Cavalcante    

eu estou altamente triste, nao consigo aceitar, o mundo perdeu algo muito iportante, ninguem vai ocupar esse espaço que ela nos deixou...pra mim ela vai esta sempre conosco

874 days ago
1152.

Elys Cavalcante    

muito triste, nos os brasileiro, estamos chorando de tristeza, muita tristeza. perdemos uma pessoa linda e de linda voz, que Deus esteja lhe abençoando

874 days ago
1153.

Brenda70821    

screen friends and family no acceptions

874 days ago
1154.

ALEX    

YOU KNOW ITS A SHAME TO HAVE PEOPLE TO MAKE BAD COMMENTS WHEN SOMEONE HAS PASSED AWAY.IF YOU DONT HAVE SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY THEN DONT SAY NOTHING AT ALL,I HOPE U ARE SEEING THIS {DAVID} FOR MAKING STUPID COMMENTS,,R I P WHITNEY HOUSTON...

874 days ago
1155.

Patchanun    

I love you.

873 days ago
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