Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

The dramatic 911 call made from the hotel on the night that Whitney Houston died has been released by police.

In the call, made by a Beverly Hilton security guard, it was revealed that the singer "wasn't breathing" when she was found in her bathroom of her suite in room 434 on February 11.

The unidentified man can be heard telling the emergency services operator: "Apparently, I've got a 46-year-old female found in the bathroom. I'm not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water."

He goes on to explain that he was alerted to the emergency by a woman who was "irate and pretty much out of it" who called for help from Houston's room.

The hotel employee, who did not identify Houston in his 911 call, then informed emergency operator that he was going to the star's room.

The operator offered to stay on the line to give CPR instructions and asked whether or not anyone had tried CPR. The caller said, "No, she kept hanging up on us."

The police investigation of the I Will Always Love singers' death has been officially closed. A coroner ruled that she died from accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use".

A police statement read: "Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the coroner's report, we have determined that this is not a criminal matter."

The one-minute recording has provided more insight into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Houston, 48, was found submerged face down in the bath of her hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards after taking cocaine.


911 OPERATOR: 911 emergency.

CALLER: Hi how are you doing, this is security from Beverly Hilton.

911 OPERATOR: Hi, what's going on

CALLER: I need the paramedics. Apparently I've got a 46-year-old female found in the bathroom. That's all I've got right now, but they're requesting paramedics.

911 OPERATOR: She was found in the bathroom, what room is she in?

CALLER: I'm not sure. She fell or she was in the bathroom with the water. 464, 434 I'm sorry.

911 OPERATOR: That's room 434? Ok. That's not east or west or anything, that's room 434?


911 OPERATOR: Okay and you don't know if she's conscious or breathing at all?

CALLER: Uh, apparently she wasn't breathing and she's 46 years old.

911 OPERATOR: She was not breathing? Okay, but she is breathing right now?

CALLER: I don't know. The person that called me was irate and pretty much out of there. There's security going there now.

911 OPERATOR: Okay, we'll send police and fire over there with that person not breathing. Did it sound like the person was still not breathing?

CALLER: Yes, that's correct.

911 OPERATOR: Okay we'll get in there for not breathing. Is there any way you can get me to the room so we can try and do CPR?

CALLER: Yeah, we're going in there now.

911 OPERATOR: Can you get me into the room so I can try and give CPR instructions.

CALLER: Oh I'm sorry, uh, no, because she kept hanging up on us.

911 OPERATOR: She kept hanging up on you?


911 OPERATOR: Okay right we're going to get right over there.

CALLER: Okay, thank you, bye."