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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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Drug addict ODs and dies. Big deal, Americans die everyday defending this country and all you care about is a washed up drug addict. You need to get your priorities stright.

949 days ago


I knew a guy who had to stop the Xanax because his girlfriend refused to be around that beating in a bottle. He never harmed her, but she wasn't waiting around for her luck to run out. Xanax can make some people rage when they otherwise would not, and I cannot imagine that it would be a good pill for a volatile diva like Houston.

949 days ago


I realize there will be alot of people on here that wiil bash Whitney Houston. To me, it just makes me realize more and more how pill abuse in this country is just terrible. The doctors to these famous people should realize that making money off of them by giving them whatever they want is actually hurting them. ie: Dr. Conrad Murray!! I used to say that it was MJ's fault but I now see I was wrong.

949 days ago

Joe Schitt    

Every time one of these drug addicts overdoses and does themselves in, that's all you can get on TV for two weeks.

949 days ago


Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why the name keeps changes as to who found Whitney? First her brother Micheal, then the bodyguard, then her hairstylist, and now her AuntMary Jones. All I am saying is...the reports are journalists speculating. Honestly, xanax, alcohol, more speculation. The coroner that made the statement was not the coroner who performed the autopsy. Journalists want to be "the one" who has the best scoop, not the most accurate!!!

949 days ago


To all who say, "Do not judge". You are apologists and partially responsible for stuff like this.

949 days ago

Ramsey Price    

People die like this every day. No televised investigations and no big mystery. This was a woman who was used up and drugged down. She mixed alcohol and drugs. The doctors are NOT to blame. Put this one to bed and stop making more of it than it is. No adult is unaware of the dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs...especially sedatives. She died at her own hand. As great of a singer as she was, I am not seeing the worldwide anguish associated with those like Michael and Elvis. So, please spare us the embellishments and chalk this up as another dead druggie. End of story.

949 days ago


Can you not wait for the OFFICIAL results from toxicology.

949 days ago

Jimmy jamz    


949 days ago


I wonder how long before the conspiracy theorists come up with a humdinger on this one. It's a shame these idiot celebrities abuse prescription drugs, and somehow it's everyone else's fault but theirs'

949 days ago


Why do we care? Sure she was a beautiful woman with a rare talent, but she killed herself. Tired of all the BS over a spoiled celebrity. Sorry she's dead, but that's it. How about we hear a little anquish and give some honors for the young men and women that are giving their lives in service to this country. Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, was among six Marines killed when the helicopter went down Thursday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

949 days ago


It's sad that so many very talented people don't seem to have the ability to handle the fame that comes with that talent. Drugs and booze are always their salvation. Unfortunately this is the usual conclusion.

949 days ago


This is what happens when you don't have Jesus in your life. You life has no real meaning without him. I pray that God will have mercy on her soul.

949 days ago


I was wondering about the family, Does ANYONE think about the family in these situtations. Instead of automatatically blaming it on a drug overdose or something self inflicting harm to herself, for a second think it may be something natural. At least, for the family. Give them that.

949 days ago


it were bush's fault. he passed that presription drug plan making it to easy for she to buy the drugs

949 days ago
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