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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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Jodi    

Evidently she had a bad anxiety problem and taking medications along with alcohol is surely a death sentence. Don't know how long she had been doing this but I bet her heart gave out from the So sad.

879 days ago
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Jodi    

s/b...."her heart gave out from the continuous stress it was under".

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cindy haynes    

R.I.P. Whitney you are and always will be an amzing women with that amazing voice..

My heart goes out to the family..
God Bless you

879 days ago
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Hankster    

Wow... This must be the most horrible thing I heard. I feel so upset with the people that take Rx pills to the point of abuse. She was going to drink and mix the drugs and she knew it! It's stated on the bottle "Don't MIX"! I feel she thought is was okay like most people do.. she slept and never woke up. I love your songs Whitney. Your Free Now

879 days ago
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bluemoon    

Whitney was NOT an amazing woman. She was a total failure. She was a horrible mother who screwed her daughter up for life, which isn't going to be very long the way she's going. Yes, Whitney had an amazing voice. But please, cut the crap about her being an amazing person. And don't make me laugh by talking about how she's in heaven.

879 days ago
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The Real JJ    

Its a tragic situation all together. Addiction is nothing to play around with. I hear that medicine makes you drowsy and im sure mixing it with alcohol makes it even worse. Either way shes gone which is sad. RIP

879 days ago
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Ajalyn    

I don't believe this because it takes 4-6 weeks for the toxicology results to determine THE EXACT CAUSE. Now is the coroner psychic or is somebody telling a lie?

879 days ago
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Bluejupiter    

So Very sad. I wonder if it was suicide. I hope her family is prepared for westboro baptist church, because you know they'll be at her funeral. Strength to her friends and family, especially her poor daughter. RIP.

879 days ago
24.

rick    

On the news,they said she may be flown back to NEw Jersey where her life began

879 days ago
25.

Matt     

Maybe we can blame this one on Dr. Conrad Murray also!

879 days ago
26.

LisaT    

OK TMZ first off the coronor does not know what the toxicology report will say because they have not gotten that part of the report back yet. So they would not tell the family if it was RX or not since they have not gotten the toxicology back yet. I think you goofed here TMZ.

879 days ago
27.

mika    

that's soo sad,R.I.P

879 days ago
28.

RaineeDrops    

Why do people ignore labels on the bottles of prescription pills or take more then the label says to take? When it says WARNING: Do NOT take with alcohol, yadi yada....then abide the warning!

If it says to take only 1 every 6 hours, then take only 1 every 6 hours, not 6 every hour.

879 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

It is sad, that it is death by self infliction, if the coroner or family member is on top of the REAL reason for her death.

879 days ago
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tracy mcd    

HOW CAN TMZ BE SO BAD IT HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED SHE TOOK DRUGS AS NO ONE KNOWS YET AND WONT TILL 6-8 WEEKS TILL TOXOLOGY REPORTS ARE BACK SO STOP MAKING UP STORIES AND GET THE FACTS JUST SHOWS YOUR WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY THINK OF HER FAMILY SHE HAS LEFT BEHIND AN 18 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO DON'T NEED YOUR CRAP SO SHUT UP UNLESS YOU KNOW THE FACTS

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