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Whitney Houston -- Family Told

She Died from Rx

NOT Drowning

2/13/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs.
Whitney Houston's family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials ... the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol ... this according to family sources.

We're told Coroner's officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney's lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned.

Our sources say the family was told Whitney may well have died before her head became submerged.

And family sources tell us ... it was actually Whitney's aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Whitney's body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney's dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn't come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

And we're told ... Whitney's mom has arranged to have the singer's body flown back to Atlanta, as early as tomorrow. The family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play --  and unless cops put a hold on the body, it can be flown back East.

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GOD    

Told you she was a gutter bucket of pills and booze. Have no idea why the truth puts you all in a tizzy...

795 days ago
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coco    

Can't blame Dr. Murray this time!

795 days ago
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Stefanie    

So Sad....May you rest in Paradise Whitney. My Prayers are with her family, especially her daughter.

795 days ago
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kim    

I THINK THAT HER DYING BEFORE SHE WENT UNDER CAUSE IT GIVES ME THE WAS MORE CALM FOR HER LIKE SHE FELL ASLEEP AND WENT TO HEAVEN... SO I AM THINKING MAYBE SHE WAS TOO DRUGGED UP TO SUFFER AND MORE JUST TIRED AND OUT OF IT HOPEFULLY... RIP

795 days ago
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princess leia    

I'm wondering about the two loud booms the music producer on the 5th floor directly above Whitney Houston's suite supposedly heard...

795 days ago
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King of TMZ    

In a hotel alone! and on pills she takes with alcohol. that's a recipe for disaster :S Unlike Michael Jackson though she wasn't someone who like to outdo herself each time. She felt she already did it. & it goes just downward after... :( ...That said she was still one of the Best American Voices of All Time. & She did do it. RIP.

795 days ago
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big al    

HOLY MOLY!!!!! When will people realize just because they are prescribed by a doctor & picked up at the local pharmacy that they are just as dangerous as the ones picked up on the street. Losing a loved one is hard enough but to have the blow by blow publicized by every media outlet on the planet has to be devastating. Her daughter already knows the numbing effects of drugs & she needs to be around people with her best interests in mind ASAP!!!! AND DAMN SURE NOT THAT BOBBY BROWN!!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THAT MAN AS FAR AWAY FROM HER AS POSSIBLE!!!!!

795 days ago
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northern gypsy    

i was hoping against all hope that it wasn't drugs...
realistically there isn't a viable reason for a healthy 48 yr old to die...
sadly her incredible talent was a gift and a curse...

795 days ago
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automanager26    

and the winner by technical KNOCK OUT to bring its record to 300,000,000 wins and 0 lossses is DRUG ADDICTION

795 days ago
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Sincerity    

I will wait on the "official" version. I can't see "ANYONE" who claims to be so close to Whitney Houston's family releasing this information considering how horribly "DISTRAUGHT" her daughter, Bobbi Kristina has become. If Whitney Houston was "spiraling out of control", someone should have intervened. Doing so, may have prevented this tragedy.

795 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

Died in a bathtube courtesy of Alochol and Xanax..? Whitney Houston just sealed her fate in a future episode of a '1,000 ways to Die!'

795 days ago
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Inma    

Whitney Rest in peace, my condolences to all family and friends. Xanax? NOT understand why Whitney was using Xanax? Xanax should never be used by someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction

795 days ago
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lol    

all of you peeps writing negative things about Whitney.. you are dumb! and karma is a bitch people. She was an amazing person. She had an amazing voice! she had demons but don't we all? RIP...

795 days ago
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Superman    

TOLD YA!! Her entourage probably made it look like an accidental death when she really OD'd!

795 days ago
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bluemoon    

Shout out to TMZ for running circles around the competition. This is the go-to place for Whitney coverage.

795 days ago
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