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What happened the day Whitney died?

  • Whitney Houston dead at the age of 48
  • Her body was found inside a room at a Beverly Hills hotel
  • HLN's Robin Meade, Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell and Dr. Drew will have continuing coverage throughout the day
What happened the day Whitney died?

It's the question the entire nation has been asking following the news of Whitney Houston's untimely death Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills.

Just as HLN learned that Whitney's body was removed overnight from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, new details emerged about the circumstances surrounding her sudden death from someone who was nearby.

Reports: Whitney found in the bathtub

A music executive who was staying in a 5th floor room above Whitney's all week revealed to Showbiz Tonight captivating new details about the sounds she heard coming from the singer's room.

The exec, who wishes to remain anonymous, described the sounds she heard as two loud booms loud enough to jolt her awake from a nap around 3:30 in the afternoon. She says the booms sounded like something heavy had been dropped on the floor. Shortly after, the exec tells us she heard the voices of men who spoke loudly and in an urgent tone.

The noises, the exec says, happened around 3:45 p.m. and they were followed by the sound of sirens. By the time she walked out of the hotel at 4 p.m. to see what was going on, she saw a red emergency vehicle. Police tell HLN that Whitney was declared dead at 3:55 p.m.

But were there signs that Whitney was unhealthy before her death? The exec tells us she had actually seen the singer at the hotel pool earlier in the week swimming laps. Whitney was spending some time with her 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, on Wednesday and Thursday morning, she said. The exec added that the two appeared loving as Bobbi played with her mother's hair and described Whitney as looking quite healthy and beautiful.

Showbiz Tonight will have all the latest on Whitney Houston's death in a special edition of Showbiz Tonight at 10 a.m. on HLN.

Programming Note: All this week, tune in to HLN’s Nancy Grace at 8 p.m. ET, live from Hollywood, for up-to-the-minute details surrounding Whitney Houston's death, followed by Dr. Drew at 9 p.m. ET with more on the singer's battles with addiction. HLN will begin live coverage at 9 a.m. ET Saturday for funeral events in New Jersey on “Farewell to Whitney Houston.”

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