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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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106.

Bonz    

EXCUSE ME! Any ex junkie can tell you that the drugs found were mild(Valium/Xanax)and since Whitney had a high tolerance from years of use she would have had to eat entire bottles to be in danger. For example, Rush Limbaugh used to eat 100 oxycodones a day and still do radio shows. Drinking the night before, for a regular abuser would not have pushed her over the edge the next day unless her liver was totally shot. 30yrs ago musicians used barbiturates to relax like Secanol and Tuinals, much stronger and more dangerous with alcohol than todays tranquilizers. Then, if you had a tolerance, to O.D. you had to eat a hand full of pills and drink a quart of whisky. Even so, you might survive if not for drowning in vomit, like Hendrix. So I doubt she overdosed unless it was her, or parties unknown, intention.

879 days ago
107.

Nicoleasm    

I'm not trying to be sarcastic...but now her daughter is not going to be getting a front row ticket to all the A-list parties, it looks like she always had access to. Hopefully now, she'll have the strength to go to college and maybe be a doctor to help people like her mom.

879 days ago
108.

Jim    

Well you can do a probablity analysis and be reasonably sure she died of a combination of drugs and booze.

879 days ago
109.

linda    

Discredit to this article...the question is flying her body back to NEWARK not Atlanta. Don't believe one word of this article

879 days ago
110.

ryan    

i swear tmz is nothing but a bunch of **** sucking losers

879 days ago
111.

nthabiseng    

she was my idea my her soul rest in peace god time is always the pecfect one pls tay blessed

879 days ago
112.

juehfjhie    

thats so gay whitney i thought you were my homeboy......you said we'd always be together....i was gonna ask you to marry me tonight,baby! why did you have to drown in the ****ing tub?????!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!

879 days ago
113.

D2Boston    

Way to go, Bobby Brown -- nice job.

RIP Whitney...

879 days ago
114.

Jason Burnstein    

Whitney is just another reason not to use entertainers and athletes as role models for our children.

879 days ago
115.

Boo    

Good... now all the race pimps won't be blaming all the white hotel owners for having racist water in their tubs

879 days ago
116.

Good Dawg    

One less vote for obumma. Thats good dawg. Crack aint so bad after all

879 days ago
117.

GEORGE    

Death by drug and drink combo? What an f'in idiot.

879 days ago
118.

jackie morris    

No way do the have the tox tests back yet....just sayin
RIP Whitney~!!!!

879 days ago
119.

Christel    

Let's not forget - TMZ so responsibly reported "Corey Haim died of an apparent overdose, according to sources" and later toxicology reports came back and stated it was Pneumonia and no the amount of drugs in his system was not enough to cause death...I just wish the news outlets would hold the speculation until the toxicology reports are released. They are taking the opportunity to smear her name when it really could be as simple as falling asleep in the tub (it happens)...RIP Whitney - you made my childhood of dancing and singing in my bedroom amazing - you will be missed...

879 days ago
120.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

only dopes use dope..
smoke pot..it wont kill ya

879 days ago
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