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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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106.

Lets Hope the Mayans Are Right    

So much talent. Such a waste. R.I.P.

882 days ago
107.

John    

....

882 days ago
108.

Mar    

why does wiki say she died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada???

882 days ago
109.

read first    

To those who are posting the ABC link which claims her death is false..if you look at the date that the article was published, it says Sept. 13. Also if you read the article in its entirety it still refers to Bobby as her husband.

882 days ago
110.

read first    

To those who are posting the ABC link which claims her death is false..if you look at the date that the article was published, it says Sept. 13. Also if you read the article in its entirety it still refers to Bobby as her husband.

882 days ago
111.

dd    

Lord have mercy!

882 days ago
112.

liz    

I am very sad, how could this happen Whitney you will be missed by the everyone.

882 days ago
113.

Jeep Fu    

In related news: Drug use in California has dropped 1,000,000%.

882 days ago
114.

Fedie    

Still cant blieve shes dead .... she was a beautiful singer .well everyone has to go one day..

May you rest in Rest In Peace.

882 days ago
115.

Régis Diniz    

Here in Brazil, on Globo News channel, says: The agent confirmed the death

882 days ago
116.

Erin    

The news about Whitney is sad, she was a wonderful singer with a lot of talent! It is sad that her life had to be cut short, and for all the wrong reasons. How are we suppose to teach our kids to stay away from drugs when celebrites are using, abusing and dying from them everyday? At this point they are saying that they don't have a cause for her death, I hate to say it but it's from the years of drug abuse. My thoughts go out to her family and friends. Gone, but never forgotten..... Fly high

882 days ago
117.

Leslie    

That one startled me. I just went, "Oh my gosh! What?!" Her poor daughter.

882 days ago
118.

Whywhywhy    

OMG...SO sad But predictable RIP Whitney

882 days ago
119.

Ms. Marie    

So sad to hear the news..great voice...rest in peace Angel..GOD bless you and your family and friends! "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU"... :(

882 days ago
120.

catte    

It's not fame that kills ppl it's drugs that kill ppl. And not being able to cope with fame is not what kills ppl it's ppl's addiction to DRUGS. Stop blaming FAME for christs sakes. WE have an epidemic in this country of prescription pill addiction as well as street drug addiction. We need to call it what it is. DRUG ADDICTION. But before we say that she died of anything specific though we know her struggles with addiction are real and true, why not wait until we actually find out, and give a person the benefit of the doubt. We don't know her life. WE only think we do. Huge talent and a huge loss today. How many will die before this nation gets it's head out of it's ass and sees what's really going on here? We're a nation of pill popping addicts!

882 days ago
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