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Whitney Houston

Autopsy Completed,

Results Pending Toxicology

2/12/2012 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The autopsy of Whitney Houston is complete.The autopsy of Whitney Houston is complete, TMZ has learned, but the results will be deferred pending a toxicology report.

According to our sources, a cause of death cannot be determined until the toxicology results ... which typically takes 4-6 weeks. 

A coroner's spokesman says the results are on a security hold, which just means nothing is being released at this time.

As TMZ first reported ... 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.

We're told 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.

A rep for the Beverly Hills PD just announced during a news conference -- the preliminary investigation is nearly complete ... pending final results from the L.A. Coroner's Office.



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61.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Excellent coverage, TMZ. The story is a terrible tragedy but you are covering it with professionalism and class. Investigating and reporting on breaking stories like this are your great strengths. Despite the aweful cir***stances, you deserve praise.

923 days ago
62.

Amberlynn    

Reading some comments is so disheartening. Whitney Houston's life played in public for all of us to see. But she was only human like we are. No one is perfect. What would people say to you or I if our lives were public? How would they judge us? REALITY- not everyone has a voice like Whitney Houston's. At least give her that. It is in great distaste my mother taught me, to bad mouth someone when they cannot hear you or stand up to defend themselves. May she rest in peace.

923 days ago
63.

lookItsMegRyan    

couldn't they tell right away if she drown?

923 days ago
64.

KnuckleDragger    

Just a comment here in regards to "drowning" in a bathtub. First, all you people who know how to buy a bathtub know that they are custom built to fit your height. In that when you're in your tub, your feet resting against the piping and drain end of the tub...your body from the chest up is at a slant and out of the water.


There's a reason for this...and it's designed in. You cannot fall asleep in this tub and drown. Why? Because you can't slide under the water. You're already stopped by your feet against the end of the tub.

Now, if you're in some plush $500-a-night hotel room with some freakin' "designer" tub that doesn't have this safety factor...you throw the dice and get what you get. If Houston actually drowned in that tub by sliding under the water...she absolutely paid too much for that room! A regular ol' I-Ain't-No-Diva tub would have saved her life.

923 days ago
65.

Doc Holiday    

Lost for (WORDS) I only knew that I truly loved her unconditionally, The woman as a person, The woman as an artist, The true woman that had such Beauty and a Boldness to give back what God has given her Tranquility.

R.I.P Whitney I believe that God has you now and that you did make it into the Holy Kingdom. God Bless you and your Family.

923 days ago
66.

Lil    

I have never been so blown away by a celebritys death like this. I watched her grow up and it feels so sad that her life ended so tragically. She was so physically beautiful and classy. Her face and body structure was to die for and her talent there are no words what a loss.
Its amazing that a woman that had so much going for her just threw it all away for drugs and bad men.
My heart breads for her baby. May god bless her.

923 days ago
67.

maddie    

who gives a ****, i have my own problems, just another rich ass loser.......

923 days ago
68.

L    

She & her singing were alive in the '80s & early '90s. Since then, she's been gone (downhill) for a while. It's not so surprising now.

923 days ago
69.

who cares    

It was a glass of warm milk that put her to sleep not xanax and Alcohol. You can tell by her photo on thursday she was clean and sober and had a frothy milk mustache.

923 days ago
70.

CronkMasterFlex    

This is an outrage we need to find her doctor who prescribed her the medicine and take him to court for manslaughter!!

923 days ago
71.

SOUL4REAL    

"Some of these comments are just totally dierespectful,shame on you"!! "Whether you liked her or not she was loved by many and she will be missed"! "Who have not sinned cast the first stone"!"Whitney has a family who loves her regardless of her flaws,she only have to answer to "GOD"!"If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all"! "RESPECT THE DEAD"! "We all are going to travel down that road one day"! "R.I.P.Mrs Whitney Houston"!!"You will not be forgotten,song Bird"!!

923 days ago
72.

Lauri    

For the folks that are saying she got what she deserved because she was a crack head I have a question. Do you have no faults of your own?. I know I do and I seriously doubt you have none. She was a HUMAN BEING and leaves behind a trail of family, friends and fans who loved her. Please dont be so disrespectful. Did she have problems that led to her death? Yes. Did she deserve it? Absolutely not! R.I.P. Whitney.

923 days ago
73.

nba_basketball_fan    

There are some really awful comments posted on here; everyone has faults. Whitney Houston's were just out in the open for the world to see. Yes, we all are going to leave this world one day. People shouldn't bash others. It's just not right, plus you never know what's coming your way. Ms. Houston had one of the greatest voices, if not the greatest voice ever. We lost a true songbird who had the voice of an angel, she left a collection of beautiful music for all to cherish. May the Lord comfort and strengthen her family.

923 days ago
74.

the Smoking Captain    

Sad to see such talent demolished via drugs and excessive drinking. Even with financial means to seek out the very best in substance abuse treatments, her demons were just too strong.

923 days ago
75.

CronkMasterFlex    

This is an outrage we need to find the doctor who prescribed her the xanax and put him in jail for manslaughter!!!

923 days ago
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