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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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136.

There's a problem here    

That's quite an amusing picture you put up there to go with your header. Your interns or whoever is doing your copy these days has the maturity of a fraternity partier on a Saturday night.

881 days ago
137.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Enough! How many more of the exact same stories are you people going to post? The cruel fact of the matter is that Whitney Houston was given an incredible gift, one that she threw away. She was irrelevant in the music business since the mid '90s, a curiosity to put on TV in the form of a reality show. Sunday night the Grammy's had a tribute for her. Instead of a tribute, her many 'friends' should have given her some kind of help 15 years ago. Instead they left her to die.

881 days ago
138.

Tim    

STOP ACTNG LIKE THIS WASN'T A LONG TIME COMING. Should not surprise a single person that she is dead. The human body can only take so much drug abuse. And to blame her psycician?? GTFO. I was born and raised in LA and have seen the dark side of the medical field out there. An overwhelming majority of doctors would have no problem abusing their title to hand out prescriptions.

881 days ago
139.

terry    

when you play with fire you get burned!

881 days ago
140.

reddancergal    

Is it ever appropriate to say it's a good thing that someone died of drugs? I think it is in this case as it spared her from death by drowning. It's better to go to sleep and leave your body peacefully than the other way.

881 days ago
141.

RR    

Well are we going to sue the doctor on this one too, or hold the person taking the drug responsible this time.

881 days ago
142.

Arnie    

Wow. Trolls are heavy these days. I love you so much Whitney. I wish I could have gotten a chance to meet you too. I'm so heartbroken.

881 days ago
143.

Al Schork    

OMG What a surprise !!! Alcohol, drugs and Bobby Brown. Enough to kill a bull elephant

881 days ago
144.

Abby    

IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH BIGOTRY IS BEING SPEWED ON THIS WEBSITE! I AM REALLY UPHALLED THAT A PERSON DIES IN SUCH A TRAGIC WAY AND PEOPLE ARE JUST SO INSENSITIVE AND CALLOUS! NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD NEVER LOOSE OUR EMPATHY AND HUMANTY!

881 days ago
145.

Doodie    

You’d think by the media coverage of Whitney Houston the we all missed something. She was a great singer that lived life with a coke filled nose and drowned in a bathtub. Why the press? http://doodiepants.com/2012/02/13/whitney-houston-saved-the-earth-from-asteroid-impact/

881 days ago
146.

GIVEMEFREEDOM    

Another musical artist gone forever . . . . before her time . . . . . . succumbed to the lure of drugs.
Tell me again why marijuana and the rest of the drugs should be made legal.

881 days ago
147.

wabbit    

Lol, she died OD, hahahahah see people, take pills and drink, enjoy life and died!

People feel sorry for her? why? She is the only person to blame for her own death, she knew the consequences of drinking and taking pills, this is the same as drinking and driving, feel no sorry for brainless people.

and no, she didn't went to heaven that's fer sure, she is gonna pay for all her sins, you think God likes Drug addicts in heaven? nope

881 days ago
148.

Laurie    

Hope her daughter does not follow in her footsteps

881 days ago
149.

A. Robinson    

Please people remember that a daughter lost her Mom, and a Mother lost her daughter, like it was stated. Negative comments are what has this world in the state we're in. All bad will never be all good. Everyone has problems Don't judge for you too will be judged!!

881 days ago
150.

Jim    

Well at least Whitney Houston won't have to wonder if her nose got buried with her like Michael Jackson did.

881 days ago
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