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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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dottie    

TO:BOBBY AND THE WHITNEY HOUSTON'S FAMILY-FRIEND AND FANS

SORRY WHITNEY HOUSTON HAD TO LEAVE US, BUT SHE WENT TO BE WITH HER 1ST LOVE. HE GAVE HER THE VOICE AND TALENT. SHE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO SAY GOODBYE BECAUSE SHE WAS IN A HURRY. SHE KNOW WE WOULD UNDERSTAND, SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT HER, SHE IS WITH HER 1ST LOVE THE ONE THAT PROMISED HE WOULD ALWAYS LOVE HER,"GOD". FOR YOU THAT KNOW OF HIM AND TO YOU THAT DON'T KNOW OF HIM, HE IS A JUST-TRUE-HONEST-LOVING "GOD". AND A GIVING "GOD", THAT KNOW HOW MUCH WE ALL CAN BEAR. AND HE LOVE US SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTING SON TO DIE FOR US ALL, PLEASE DON'T CRY SHE IS HOME WITH HER 1ST LOVE. THAT'S THE "LORD". SHE WENT TO BE WITH HER FIRST LOVE ON VALENTINE'S DAY.

889 days ago
437.

Darla     

How someone dies really isn't any of our business. Thats info for her family. Many people make some bad choices and hurt people we care about. Its not the drugs fault or doctors.. Stop the blame game. She was a great singer. Its sad it turned out this way and Im sorry for her families pain. Now let move on, and respect their greiving,, enjoy all the tributes to her.

889 days ago
438.

Gwenja    

Get your information right, it is not Atlanta, it is Newark, New Jersey.

889 days ago
439.

Romeo     

Why do you guys care what made her die, the point is that a Legend is gone. RIP Whitney

889 days ago
440.

Proud2bBlack    

DRUGS WEAKEN THE HEART
ALSO SHE MAY HAVE HAD AN EMBOLISM

889 days ago
441.

Minnie Powell    

Whitney rest in peace.

889 days ago
442.

Susan Zapata    

Susan Zapata
Reporting facts and not opinions regarding Whitney. Saying that she looked disheveled and sweaty, knowing she had been dancing and singing in a crowded club is just wrong!! If your team paid more attention to facts, you might have noticed Whitney was one artist who perspired more than most. Your own clip of her singing one (1) song at Superbowl 25 proved that. And reporting "her erratic behavior" while she was surrounded by cameras and fans trying to get to her vehicle. Whitney handled that better than most. And lastly, E News had stated Whitney had been at the pool in the early afternoon. Then you critique her appearance when she stopped by the Clive Davis interview? I never had the privilege of meeting her but your team has. It appears E News lacks the ability to see things clearly and without personnel judgment. Famous people are viewed through a microscope that the rest of us would crumble under. Ryan and Giuliana, you KNOW this. I watched the same footage you reported about and I saw things differently. **Susan Zapata**

889 days ago
443.

Cruize    

Whitney Voice was so Beautiful may she RIP where having a tribute for her on www.inthemixxradio.com tonight 9/11pm EST she will never be forgotten

889 days ago
444.

Alex    

I feel bad for the family. It's awful the way she died.

889 days ago
445.

annoymous    

Don't care if you like this comment or not, who cares she was an ugly bitter prejudice old lady that was no good, only beautiful in the past. A woman who never saw heaven, and who took a back seat on judjement day to my mother. My mother was a great woman, just because she was famous does not make her a good person. Didn't like her.

889 days ago
446.

TheBride    

And now the cables are talking about more databases and information gathering on every prescription written for tranquilizers, etc. Oh, stop it. Because--tragically--some people abuse prescription drugs, there's no reason to encourage the government put additional laws and regulations on how people live. A VAST majority of the time, those drugs are prescribed and used responsibly and for good reasons. We just HEAR about the abuse because of the insane Hollywood culture and the incessant cable reporting.

889 days ago
447.

lv    

where are the pictures of her when she returned from the club the day befor she died and who drove her home,,and what did she do before she died where are the tapes of the hallway,,,,

889 days ago
448.

Suzie's Mom    

Whitney has and forever will be one of my favorite celebrities. Whether she was on stage or on screen, she will never be forgotten in my eye or heart.

To her family: Please take my love and consideration. Remember her for who she was. Keep her close to your heart and soul and just love her for who she once was. Remember her before she became a star. That might have been the best times of her life, whether you think they were or not.

My heart goes out to you all.

889 days ago
449.

CLR    

I think they were flying Ms. Houston back to NJ... not Atlanta.

889 days ago
450.

Kalayla    

One, they were prescripted pills. Two, it could happen to anyone, not just her. Three, instead of focusing on the all bad stuff, why not focus on the good things she accomplished? I mean she lost her life in such a sad way. Sure it may not be as saddening or gruesome as some, but it's still sad!!!

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