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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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121.

D D Red    

Is this NOW the new Media feeding frenzy, Whitney Houston, will her tragic drug abuse and ending her own life be the headlines for the next 6 weeks. Is everyone now going to rake over the body like vultures pretending concern when Ms Houston had no concern . GET A LIFE PEOPLE

880 days ago
122.

satch    

Another typical Hollyweird death.

880 days ago
123.

Momofthree    

Poor Bobbi. I feel for her daughter big time....

880 days ago
124.

Jim    

Crack is whack, or so Ive heard...hmmmmmm

880 days ago
125.

JBar595    

And Tony Bennett wants to make drugs legal, Well Whitney could be the psoter child for it.

880 days ago
126.

Ban    

I'm sorry that this lady who was so talented and beautiful, and had a beautiful daughter, family who loved her, etc. didn't value all the gifts that she had been given. When someone is SO removed from reality that they cannot even transcend themselves enough to see the richness of their life, then that's a life that was already lost.

880 days ago
127.

omstrat    

Hanging out with low life ,ghetto s*** , no talent Brown did her in

880 days ago
128.

No Sympathy    

How is this news? Everyday in America drug addicts die due to overdoses from a lethal ****tail of drugs and or alcohol. Whitney Houston was just an addict with high visibility. Just like so many others who believe their social status protects them falling victim to such issues of overdosing, Whitney believed she was impervious to the affects of her self inflicted destructive behavior. She is no different than the drug addicts of less notoriety found in any city in the world.

880 days ago
129.

Tessa    

How sad that another great singer falls the same way Michael Jackson did. How many more have to die before Klein and his ilk get shut down?

880 days ago
130.

Kathy Ramo    

First I want to say again RIP Whitney and Bobbi your mom would want you to be strong,I wish ppl would stop talking about her bout with drugs and focus on Her, there is no way that Whitney would have purposely took anything that would cause her death and her #1 reason would be the closeness her and her daughter had. Ppl could be so cruel , so before anyone makes any comments about her pass plz take under consideration her YOUNG daughter, TY

880 days ago
131.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I am so confused..how come if the beach boys could perform and they certainly look dead..why couldnt whitney perform also..

880 days ago
132.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Whitney Houston can't be the first celebrity to die in the Beverley Hills Hilton. Does anyone have a list of others who died there?

880 days ago
133.

Abby    

I grew up listening to Whitney and I sincerey hoped this was just a hoax but alas, it was true! We have truly lost an angel and heaven sure is lucky to have her joining the choir! Whitney to me was the VOICE! No one out there even compares and she was in a class of her own! My heart is truly broken and I can only imagine how her daughter and mom feel! My condolenses go out to the family and she was and forever will be in my heart! Her voice transcends all generations and she will continue to fondly live forever in our hearts and memories! Aunty Whitney May you Rest in perfect peace!

880 days ago
134.

Abby    

People let's not rush to judgement! She may very well have died of natural causes (heart attack)! Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases and Whitney did try to get clean numerous times so please save the insensitivity! If you have ever known anyone who has an addiction you would know that not even the best money can buy could cure it! We don't know the cause of death and neither does TMZ so shut up already! Whitney was and is a legend because she had THE VOICE that transcends any of her personal problems/demons!

880 days ago
135.

Myst    

We all knew that Whitney would die from either drug use, or from something drug-related. The whole WORLD knew. And truth be told, I think we all expected it to happen years ago. I'm surprised she lived as long as she did.

Whitney when she died had been a has-been for years. Yes, at her best and when she first entered the scene, her voice was awesome.

As a person, well.. she was just another Joplin, wasn't she. She knew what the consequences would be if she got herself addicted to drugs. She knew what the risks were of doing drugs. Life is about choices. She made her choices.

She couldn't even sing any more for the last 10 years or so, and she became loud and obnoxious when she was doing drugs or drinking - which was all the time. At the end, she was only trying to stay straight enough for long enough to pull in some more big bucks to support her habits. Personally I lost all respect for her years ago when she developed an air of superiority and haughtiness that indicated she needed to be slapped back into reality. The only loss I feel is for what she ONCE was; not for what she had become.

880 days ago
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