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Whitney Houston

Autopsy Scheduled for Today

2/12/2012 7:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The autopsy on the body of Whitney Houston will be performed today, but we're told any results will be deferred pending a toxicology report. 

Although the cause of death is unknown, it is increasingly looking like Whitney may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub and drowned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Beverly Hills cops retrieved approximately a half dozen pill bottles from Whitney's room ... including Xanax. No illicit drugs were found. 

Whitney had been drinking the night before and authorities believe a combination of Xanax and alcohol could have fatally sedated her -- although our sources say it is simply too early to draw any firm conclusions.


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Whitney was best known for her chart topping single I Will Always Love You and won six Grammy Awards, 22 American Music Awards and countless other accolades.

She was seen out partying earlier this week and looked worse for wear and had a history of drug abuse.

Cause of death is not yet known.

As previously reported, the bulk of Houston’s millions had seriously dwindled in recent years, according to a source close to the singer.

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“Whitney’s fortune is gone,” the source said. “Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released.”

The troubled singer entered rehab last year to treat her crack cocaine addiction, and a source close to Bobby Brown said at the time that he was so worried about his ex-wife that he feared "she might not pull through."

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"Whitney is doing crack again," the source said. "It's the worst it's ever been. Whitney went on tour again, and that's when the relapse occurred."

Brown also told friends that Houston had increasingly isolated herself. "Whitney's shutting a lot of people out of her life," the source said. "It is a dire situation."

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Bobby and Whitney were married for 14 years and were officially divorced in 2007. Both have a history of substance abuse. Their 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was caught on camera last year allegedly snorting lines of cocaine.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview.

The Recording Academy released a statement Saturday evening: "Six-time GRAMMY(r) winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

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It is really sad that most female entertainers do not know how to step away from the limelight nor make 'life' choices that are more conducive to them and their love-ones to have a true 'quality' of life. Time and time again we see how most female entertainers make wrong 'love' choices that eventually have devastating affects on them professionally...Britney, Alicia Keys, beyonce, Rhianna, Amy Winehouse, Mary J Blige, Monica, Brandy - the list goes on and on. These women can have any man of their choosing and yet they all seem to go for the bad boy or enabling types. Their careers are then either hindered through drugs, a narcissist behavior (which turns fans off because they are press hungry and just don't know when to sit down) or just bad press and most are affected because of the men they have chosen to love. I pray for Bobbi Kristina, who was already headed down the wrong path before her mother's death. She also has inherited the genetic makeup of 2 parents who were drug abusers. May Whitney's mother Cissy find peace in the Lord as this death will be very difficult for her to handle. And may the women in entertainment learn that the limelight is only there for a moment and the wise ones - the true ICONS know when it is time to walk away and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

928 days ago


The pharmacies in America and around the world need to put BIG "skull and crossbones" STICKERS on certain prescription drugs like the hardcore painkillers and tranquilizers to remind people how DEADLY they can be ... especially if you take too much in a short period of time and mix it with alcohol.

I don't give a sheut what the corrupt, greedy pharmaceutical companies might say about it. It's badly needed! Some of these drugs mess up your mind so much that people don't remember when they took their last dose if they don't write it down on paper with the time, etc.

928 days ago


I can't believe Kim k tries to say her boobs are real and yes we know u had a nose job liar...

Whitney at least had talent and was truly a star...

Not like the damn sluts we have today that can't sing... Can kim kardashian please go away w her plastic ass?

928 days ago


New LARGE prescription drug sticker for certain medications ....

928 days ago

Lady Di    

My heart is cracked...I mean broken
RIP Whiskey....I mean Whitney

928 days ago


yes yes

928 days ago


My guess is heart attack.

928 days ago


Dammit, my link doesn't show up on TMZ. It must be too long or something.

Maybe this one works.

New LARGE sticker for certain prescription drug bottles ...

928 days ago


Just because there was no alcohol in the room it doesn't mean she didn't have any. Room service could have brought alcohol to the room if she ordered lunch and later returned. We'll just have to wait and see.

928 days ago


Bella - Xanax is not an anti-depressant, it's a sedative of the benzodiazepine class (like Valium).

928 days ago


For once your sources are right. Until a complete post mortem, including toxicology, have has been completed and studied, the cause of death is unknown. Whitney Houston could have died of natural causes: a pulmonary embolism, a clot in the heart arteries, a clot in the brain. She could have been drunk; she could have been on some sort of medication. We don't know yet. Could drugs have been a cause? Past drug use does have a long-lasting effect on quality of health; even prescription drugs can cause irreversible damage to organs.
We will have to wait and see the results of the post mortem; until there is medical proof, all we have is speculation and a lot of it baseless speculation and contrived speculation.

928 days ago

Lady Di    

Have you heard about the new bath gel called "Whitney"
It smells like Xanax, Grey Goose and vomit

928 days ago


Why do people have th need to take drugs in the first place?

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