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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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46.

Dexter    

Addiction is an equal opportunity demise...it doesn't care how much money you have, or the color of your skin, or how talented, or young or old you are...it just eats you alive and then spits out the bones.

921 days ago
47.

GreyWolf    

<3 <3 <3Thank you so much for all of the great music, your awe inspiring performances and having the class and dignity that you showed us when you first arrived on the music scene. You Ms. Houston paved the way and set the bar for other musicians to shoot for. Your voice was a one in a million. Rest now and know that your fans are loyal and will never forget you or your great music you left behind. God Speed and God Bless. <3 <3 <3

921 days ago
48.

michele    

Dear Houston and Brown Family,
For all the tears you shed , may you find flowers along the way......I pray for you,your( mommy,daughter,sister friend), and all who love you..... Bless you!

921 days ago
49.

MC    

She obviously couldn't beat her personal demons. She was a person before anything else. She may have been famous, but she had problems just like everyone else. Sadly she couldn't overcome her addictions. It's very sad, she really could have been the "one" to come back.

921 days ago
50.

barb     

Another great talent has been taken from us. Addiction kills so many of us. My heart and prayers goes out to the family. My wish is that people in active addiction take note and seek help.

921 days ago
51.

Shaun    

Surprise surprise, another hollywood elitist dies due to their stupidity. If the rest of the general public knows not to take prescription pills not prescribed to you or to mix them with alcohol what makes them think they are so different? How are we to feel sorry for someone who subjected themselves to harm when there are so many innocent kids and adults being slaughtered by their own government.
Not getting my vote of sympathy.

921 days ago
52.

Firefly    

Now they are saying on ROL that her mother's entourage where the ones responsable for Bobbi passing out and being taken to the hospital. I guess they just don't get it. Whitney had just passed over the same thing. They all need to have a chat with law enforcement I think.


"She was distraught, on the verge of a complete breakdown. Not knowing what to do, members of her mother's entourage tried to calm her down with a sedative after Bobbi had been drinking. The two were an unfortunate mix and she ended up passing out."

921 days ago
53.

msladysta    

4 mos old baby that had a stroke play a piano.

921 days ago
54.

msladysta    

4 mos old baby that had a stroke play keyboard is on youtube.com.
This is the first time I have seem a baby play a keyboard.

921 days ago
55.

m    

Who cares. Just another drug addict.

921 days ago
56.

angel    

well theres two sides to one story all the time hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

921 days ago
57.

Justyn    

I have taken Xanax and Alcohol together with other prescription drugs, and I never died. How come?

921 days ago
58.

ralph    

Something's wrong with the timeline. She can't go from fit enough for an evening performance when the aunt left to stone-cold dead from a prescription drug overdose when the aunt returned half an hour later. She would have to be half in the bag when the aunt left and the aunt would need to be gone for a longer time. That she could even have considered appearing in public just 30 minutes before her death is a stretch, but that also weaves into a suicide or other motive to her death.

921 days ago
59.

cjs    

Really? If so then everyone around her HAD to know she was TRASHED !

921 days ago
60.

Mark    

Just another pig who could'nt control herself. Drugs to her were what young boys and drugs were to Micheal Jackson. Towel companies around the world morn the loss of that dripping fiend. I heard she drown in her own sweat.

921 days ago
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