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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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Marilyn    

Yesterday they said there was no alchohol in the hotel room -- unless she drank it before she entered her hotel room.

898 days ago
167.

john mcgatha    

when are people going to learn that drugs KILL.i guess we as a human race are that stupid. i mean come wake up. i love u whitney.

898 days ago
168.

Atela    

I'm not surprised anymore...drugs is always the culprit :( considering her history....

898 days ago
169.

ShawnF    

Could it be she was put in the bathtub by others to revieve her? Jim Morrison of the Doors was found dead after others placed him in a tub after he OD'd...the similarities are interesting... http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19714635/ns/today-books/t/did-jim-morrison-really-die-his-bathtub/

898 days ago
170.

matt2717    

This is a needless, tragic loss of a gifted individual. It's high time, no pun intended, that America and its media do some serious soul-searching on the drug culture. People need to realize that drug abuse is really not great, glorious and fun. It has serious consequences.

898 days ago
171.

rex dart eskimo spy    

Clearly she was killed by global warming. Ice caps melted and raised the water level in her tub resulting in her death.

898 days ago
172.

brassia    

Bella,
Why does it all have to be racist with you?
Whitney was a junkie, she was a weak woman who fell victim to her slime husband (the fact that he is black has nothing to do with it- he was a piece of turd!!) I feel sorry for Bobbi- she will be a victim of a very disfunctional family and tragic loss of her mother and since she was an adult in that family she will blame herself for mother's death, what a heavy burden on 18 yo...and not having a loving caring father only makes the situation worse..I will not be surprised that she may turn to drugs herself...I hope her grandma and relatives will pull her thru this tragic time.
And I do feel sad for Whittney's death- junkie or not she was a beautiful woman with a tragic fate.

898 days ago
173.

brassia    

Bella,
Why does it all have to be racist with you?
Whitney was a junkie, she was a weak woman who fell victim to her slime husband (the fact that he is black has nothing to do with it- he was a piece of turd!!) I feel sorry for Bobbi- she will be a victim of a very disfunctional family and tragic loss of her mother and since she was an adult in that family she will blame herself for mother's death, what a heavy burden on 18 yo...and not having a loving caring father only makes the situation worse..I will not be surprised that she may turn to drugs herself...I hope her grandma and relatives will pull her thru this tragic time.
And I do feel sad for Whittney's death- junkie or not she was a beautiful woman with a tragic fate.

898 days ago
174.

crkpmp    

I don't want to go to a heaven with pedophiles (jacko) and crack whores. don't blame doc murray this time.

898 days ago
175.

Stephanie    

TMZ has really disappointed me lately. Let the coroner make his finding and leave Bobbi Kristina alone. I fall asleep in the tub and it doesn't make me a drug addict, stop adding fuel to the fire. And this stuff about Gabriel and Halle. As a former court advocate for children, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves, especially of your writing just to get people to read. Won't be coming to this site anymore.

898 days ago
176.

Donna    

I think a combination of these comments are pretty on target . . . amazing woman? I think not. She was pretty selfish, pretty darn mean to coworkers, unreliable and a failure as a parent. Yes, she had a great voice which is a gift, nothing she did or didn't do and still she wasn't able to conduct herself like a responsible appreciative person; come on folks, she's a singer, not the discoverer of a cure for cancer. Let's put it in perspective. She obviously placed no value on her life, her daughter or the gifts she was given. There was much more than meets the eye here. Don't get me wrong, I am sympathetic to a point with drug addiction but let's not forget it's a "choice". People with colon cancer, brain tumors, they don't have a "choice".

898 days ago
177.

Tuija    

Sad that Whitney died. BUT AGAIN: Drugs, drugs, drugs.............!!!!!!!!!!!

898 days ago
178.

Tuija    

So sad that "again" somebody dies because of drugs!
Now it was Whitneys turn,Who´s next??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

898 days ago
179.

Lisa     

See what her handwriting looks like compared to Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. New report (99c) on Kindle Amazon. Very interesting. http://www.amazon.com/Whitney-Houston-Handwriting-Report-ebook/dp/B0078GA4LY/

898 days ago
180.

gary    

American soldiers are dying for this nation – that is important. But the media is in frenzy over another self-destructive celebrity drugging herself to death. Who cares? What did she ever do to serve her country?

898 days ago
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