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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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Sad that Whitney died. But AGAIN one more dead because off DRUGS!!!!!!!!! Who´s next????????????? This "famous" drug world is killing one by one and if nobody doesn´t do anything about it , wow, ther´ll be many more children who "LOST" mum/dad because of drugs!!!!! Poor Children.

920 days ago


Just another partygoer who had enough talent to fund her baser instincts.

These days these types will always have fans and apologists.

920 days ago


Kids pay special attention. Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and now Ms. Houston. I know you think that you will be immune to this type of out come when you start to experiment with drugs but so did they. And they were professional junkies.

920 days ago


I believe that before some of us start whitney bashing about her being a "gutter bucket of pills and etc, that her family i.e, bobbi christina may read some of these artcles. How would each of us want our family to remember us; as people dealing with the disease of drug and and alcoholism or someone who loved us very much. So at this dark time in the life of the HOUTON'S let remember how we would want our family to remember us.

920 days ago


Thanks Bobby.

920 days ago


CO2? If the daughter had a similar problem in other room (but at the same floor), this is looking like CO2 leakage.

920 days ago

920 days ago


Whitney hasn't lived in Atlanta for several years now. Why would her mom fly her body here to Atlanta. Do you even know what youre talking about????

920 days ago

Parker West    

Personally I getting fed up with ball less doctors prescribing controlled drugs for anyone but celebs in particular. YOU NEVER write for Ativan, Xanex, or any benzodiazepine type anti-anxiety drugs for a patient who has alcohol, cocaine, and other illegal drug addictions, NEVER, never, never. But will the doc or docs have their prescribing privedges pulled by the medical boards or DEA, hell no. It seems like it all started with Dr. "Nick" killing Elvis, onto Anna Nichole Smith, with dozens in between, all dead because of the combination of drugs or drugs and booze. BTW- Houston could very well have had cocaine despite the lack of any tangible evidence, the entire 4th floor of the hotel was occupied by her entourage likely including her dealer or someone who kept drugs in their possession. I don't think anyone has ever snapped a photo of a boozed up Whitney buying drugs off a street corner in some lousy part of town, she would either elevate a drug dealer to a place on her "team" or pay someone to do the dirty work for her. If she had no compulsion about stepping into the bathroom to snort on a reality show, I doubt anyone was willing to step up to try end the madness. So tale Ted yet just another junkie out to kill oneself.

920 days ago

jamie kelley    


920 days ago


What a shame. Beautiful, totally talented woman. We will miss her greatly. Our "Bodyguard" DVD is more treasured than ever.

920 days ago


Seriously, why should we care?

920 days ago


Tragedy? It's only a tragedy when respectable people die.

920 days ago


She was a Great Singer.

She was never a Great Mother.

920 days ago


Whitney Houston seemed fine less than a half hour before her untimely death, according to her mother Sissy Houston and Dionne Warwick, as reported by TMZ. Just a coincidence that the death of this troubled superstar comes on the eve of "music's biggest night," the Grammy Awards? As TV's Special Agent Gibbs says, "I don't believe in coincidences." The Illuminati sure do know how to spoil a party, especially when it's a gathering of the kind of people the dark side hates; just another conspiracy theory...

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