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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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76.

Odile    

Tristesse et bcp de respect pour une grande diva et une très belle femme .courage à toute sa famille

930 days ago
77.

Vince    

Drug addiction claims yet another victim.

930 days ago
78.

dragonlady    

TO EVERYONE WHO LOVED WHITNEY AND PRAYS FOR HER FAMILY AS THEY DEAL WITH THIS TRAGEDY: PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY OF THE HATERS ON THIS SITE ANY ATTENTION! THERE ARE A LOT OF RACIST AND MISOGYNIST PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN COME ON HERE AND MAKE THE MOST VILE, VICIOUS, AND DISGUSTING REMARKS THAT THEY CAN COME UP WITH ABOUT WOMEN AND ETHNIC MINORITIES. LET US NOT GIVE THEM ANY ATTENTION. LET US PUT OUR ENERGY INTO PRAYING FOR WHITNEY'S FAMILY IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.

930 days ago
79.

Mister Luxery    

Ahhheeeaaaahhhheeeaaahhhh will always luuuh... blub.

930 days ago
80.

HMichaelH    

How can the Coroner make a definitive statement about the COD before the toxicology report is completed? This sounds like more media rushing to a story without having it confirmed. What do you win by reporting information that turns out to be incorrect, even if you're the first to report it?

930 days ago
81.

HumanNature    

ALL THIS NEGATIVE DRAMA OF BLAME IS IRRELEVANT!!!


WHITNEY HOUSTON IS GONE!!!


CELEBRATE THE GREAT MUSIC THAT SHE LEFT US ALL TO ENJOY!!!


R.I.P. WHITNEY

930 days ago
82.

afrosheen    

it be black histry monf, and dat black be histry...

930 days ago
83.

Bogie    

She was a great singer who became a junkie....I'm suprised more people didn't see it coming.

930 days ago
84.

jacksonorleans    

If the coroner can't find a natural reason for her death, such as heart failure..liver or kidney failure..brain hemorage..blood clot..anything that causes natural death..drowning..then I think he knows it was some substance. She did not die of natural causes..or foul play...so you wait to see what drug killed her. I think the coroner knows what he is doing..and as for family leaking information...there's always someone who wants to be the big shot. No natural cause of death..must be self inflicted. She is dead...and dead is dead. Now are they going to put that doctor on trial when the results do come back?

930 days ago
85.

Chaz54    

Great voice but really bad personal decisions. I do not feel sorry for her or want to pull my hair out in agaony...she had the $$ to get help and chose not to.

930 days ago
86.

Richard Clark    

Mr mackey was right
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G4HxrVx20A

930 days ago
87.

USA_Chucky    

I can't believe people are so shocked at her passing.
Anyone who watched even a few minutes of the TV show "Being Bobby Brown", knew this lady was living on borrowed time. She was high all the time.

930 days ago
88.

Astra    

Xanax makes people stupid. It makes them slow minded, dim witted, reckless and unstable. Sad. Xanax is so much more dangerous than the pharmaceutical industrial complex lets on.

930 days ago
89.

afrosheen    

I can’t wait until whitney houston’s next movie comes out. “The Bodybag”……..

930 days ago
90.

JiLL1    

She was guzzling alcohol and taking a ****tail of prescription drugs. No mystery here. She probably didn't give it any thought. So sad for her daughter

930 days ago
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