Whitney Houston died of prescription
drugs mixed with alcohol, sources say.
As fans mourn the loss of Whitney Houston, investigators and family continue to seek answers to the cause of her death. The 48-year-old singer was found dead Saturday in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Coroner’s officials told the Associated Press they will not release any information on the autopsy performed Sunday, but did say there were no obvious signs of trauma. They’ve promised to not rule out any causes of death until toxicology results are in, which may take weeks.
Family sources told TMZ that the “I Have Nothing” singer did not die from drowning. Rather, they suspect Houston died from a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.
The family was reportedly told there was not enough water in her lungs to indicate she drowned. She may have already been dead before her head was submerged in the tub’s water, TMZ reports.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told the Associated Press that his agency may release more details Monday about Houston’s death, but it will depend on whether detectives feel comfortable releasing any information.
Houston’s mother has reportedly arranged to have the body flown to Atlanta, and officials will likely grant permission as no foul play was suspected in the singer’s death.
Whitney Houston, who won six Grammys, two Emmys and sold more than 170 million albums and singles over the course of her career, was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Sunday at Sunday night’s Grammy awards. LL Cool J started the show with a prayer for “our fallen sister” and Jennifer Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute.