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Whitney Houston's death: Hotel guest describes scene

February 11, 2012 |  7:47 pm

 Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick

A Beverly Hilton guest staying on the fourth floor of the hotel where Whitney Houston died described the chaotic scene Saturday.

The guest, who declined to be identified for fear of being removed from the hotel, said the area where Houston was staying was cordoned off while emergency responders tried unsuccessfully to revive her.

He said he overheard a member of Houston's team coordinating coverage of the sudden death.

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On a second visit to the floor, the guest said that the wing where Houston was staying resembled a "ghost town" Saturday evening, but that the area was still cordoned off with yellow police tape. He also reported seeing singer Dionne Warwick in the hotel.

As the Clive Davis party continued, hotel security began removing people who were not guests of the hotel or the party.

Members of the media were camped outside along the Beverly Hills hotel's Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

The lobby was abuzz with the news of the singer's death. Many people were there in hopes of glimpsing celebrities entering the pre-Grammy festivities or simply to catch the latest gossip.


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-- Ricardo Lopez at the Beverly Hilton

Photo: Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick perform onstage during the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images