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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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vanessa cruz    

realsorry that she passway am sad

985 days ago


It was a sad memorial service for her today. She was a great singer and will be sadly missed. No one can replace her nor her voice. The bodyguard was an amazing movie. Send my condolences to her family and her daughter and bobby brown. I've saw the movie many times. She sang the song I will always love you extremly well. It suited the movie.

985 days ago

Gutter Scuz Bucket Whore    

who cares? drug addicts die every day

985 days ago


She would still be alive if she stock to pot smoking only, pills take another life, the pill that If I go to the doctor with anxiety and headaches they will prescribe it with out hesitation, what a shame, and that **** will kill you, Go MJ, best medicine in the world, hasn't killed any one.

984 days ago

Lady lou    

somebody killed her and to cover it up the media is going to look at the meds she was on at the time of her untimely death. But the truth is all of you judging her for using drugs you have personally never seen her do questions your own sobriety... they say it takes one to know one so if you think she killed herself even on accident. Check your own track record of drugs you may have taken with or without a prescription and have had a drink on top of it or even before. Im sure there will be atleast one time that you have done that. but by the grace of god your still alive to talk about it. Have some respect and wait for the truth to starts speaking on things that have a great meaning to other people especially considering the outcome of her toxicology reports

984 days ago

Tr0ll McR4g3r    

Pillz and booze, and gets a freaking flag at half mast on her funeral, doesnt deserve sympathy, and she wasnt KIA, so y duz she get an AMERICAN FLAG at her funeral, WTF WORLD??

984 days ago

Christinah Sharppe    

Whitney...we will always love you. rest in sweet peace

983 days ago


we all have things that hurts us , she belong to god and is with him now , dont for can she had a kid in all of this sum of the things that i have read in this .,so up sets me my prays go for her famely x in to god hands RIP I MISS YOU EMXXXXX

983 days ago


In the 2009 Oprah interview, Whitney said alcohol was not her "drug of choice". I've been sober for 27 years, and whenever someone says "XXX is not a problem for me, it's not my drug of choice", I know they will probably die. A mood-altering chemical is a mood-altering chemical - the question to ask yourself is "What feelings and memories am I running away from?" If you have been using for a long time, you may not be able to be honest with yourself enough to know what the problem is - and if you're blaming "the world" for your problems, you're in dangerous denial. Get professional help getting clean, and start practicing rigorous self-honesty with the 12-step program of your choice.

983 days ago


At times I watch TMZ to hear if you have any breaking news.
I find the majority of your staff to be low class and an embarrassment on your behalf. Then to see you giggle at such jr. high type humor is beneath you.

983 days ago


it hurts alot when the world loses such talented artists.Artists should also learn that drugs and alcohol shortens life span and they should reduce over consumption. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

982 days ago


I fell that the airing u did on 2-21-12 about Miss Whitney Houston,was very distastful.Would ever ideal it was 2 run it should not have job @ ALL.

982 days ago

Kimberly Lacey    

I beg all you people out there that are bad mouthing Whitney Houston. How do you think her daughter feels about all the bad talking about her Mother. not to mention Whitneys mother. Let Whitney RIP Why didn't all you people help before she died instead of trashing her now. I would have helped her had I had a way to get to her...God Bless you all.

982 days ago


before you open your mouth lerical error

982 days ago


I am sorry she died, her music brings back great memories of the 80's RIP Whitney.

982 days ago
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