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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.

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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Rumor is she died in Ottawa, Ontario Canada ...any truth to this??

795 days ago

Jonatan Gabriel    

Oh God, A wonderful voice silenced this way.. :( wordless.

795 days ago

the truth    

people r mean as hell on here! calling her a crack head and ****! we dont no how she died. if it was drugs , addiction is a horrible disease and you cant talk about it unless you walked in that persons shoes!!! im so shocked. wow her poor sure Bobbie brown is not taking this news good. he did love her and always will. RIP were a great singer. how ever you died you are at peace right now. so sorry for her family.i was just watching her and bobby brown on you tube the other day . RIP WHITNEY! YOU WILL DEF BE MISSED

795 days ago

Like It Is    

Wikipedia states she died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

795 days ago

Whitney Houston Dead - did she have a Chatham Hill Retriever Dog?

795 days ago

Caroline Francis    

saddest news i have heard all day, she had the voice that all singers can only dream about, rest in peace, i hope your not hurting any more, GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

795 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Addiction svks, H8rs svk harder


795 days ago


She was so incredibly stupid, I am not surprised at all. Smoking away a beautiful gift like hers, Just plain Dumb!

795 days ago


I was completely shocked to hear this. When are people going to learn to stay away from drugs?! I feel so sorry for her daughter. She will be missed by millions. She was loved all over the world.

795 days ago


Rick James was right cocaine is a hell of a drug.

795 days ago


Look you can place the blame on Bobby Brown completely he saw her weakness and preyed on her like a child molester. The black community glorifies the behavior of Bobby Brown, Chris Brown and RAYJ as if they were something to look up to. Time my brothers and sisters to re-evaluate our life priorities.

795 days ago

kwame ofori    

too is short make u enjoy urself because u nvr know when u will b called.

795 days ago


She has sold more than 200 albums worldwide. Really now??
I think that mistake should be fixed xD

795 days ago

Jonatan Gabriel    

Oh God, A wonderful voice silenced this way.. :( wordless.

795 days ago


She was so incredibly stupid, I am not surprised at all. Anyone who would Smoke away a beautiful gift like hers, Just plain Dumb!

795 days ago
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