Report: Houston Died of Overdose
Wire Report | 2/13/2012, 12:12 p.m.
LOS ANGELES -- Whitney Houston died after consuming a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol, not from drowning, family sources told TMZ.
The singer did not have enough water in her lungs to have drowned, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office officials told the 48-year-old superstar's relatives, the website reported.
Houston took a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs with alcohol, and she could have passed away before her head became submerged in the bathtub water, TMZ's sources claimed.
The singer's official autopsy results have not yet been released, and several reports stating that she drowned were not confirmed by the coroner's office -- which said it may take up to eight weeks for the official cause of death to be released.
"There will be no cause of death at this time, as it is awaiting toxicology," Los Angeles deputy coroner Ed Winter said Sunday at a news conference. "I know there were reports of did she drown or was it an overdose, but I will not be commenting on that."
Details on how the "I Will Always Love You" legend was discovered Saturday afternoon also were revealed by the website.
Houston's body was found by her aunt, Mary Jones, who attempted to revive the star with CPR, TMZ claimed.
Jones had prepared her niece's outfit for the evening and laid out her dress on the bed before leaving the singer's hotel room for around 30 minutes.
When Jones returned, Houston did not emerge from the bathroom -- so she entered the room and found her famous niece in the tub.
Jones attempted CPR before paramedics arrived at 3:23pm local time. Houston was declared dead at 3:55pm.
The star's mother, Cissy Houston, arranged to have her daughter's body flown back to Atlanta -- where the singer spent many of her latter years -- as early as Tuesday.
Winter reportedly told Houston's family that releasing the body was not an issue because there was no evidence of foul play in the singer's death.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney," Houston's family said in a statement through the singer's publicist, thanking fans for their outpouring of support. "This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will miss her terribly."