REPORT: Whitney Houston’s family told she died from prescription drugs, not drowning

As the music community gathered last night for the Grammys and celebrated the life of Whitney Houston more details have emerged on the late singer’s passing.

According to sources with TMZ (and they have been on top of and dependable in regards to their coverage of this tragedy), Houston’s family has been notified that she did not die of drowning, but rather from what appears to be a toxic mix of prescription pills including Xanax and alcohol. The Coroner’s Office has reportedly informed the family that there simply wasn’t enough water found in Whitney’s lungs to conclude that drowning was a cause of death.

A separate source close to the family is now stating that it was Mary Jones, Whitney Houston’s aunt, that discovered her body in the bathtub. She had laid out Houston’s dress on the bed for the evening and left for approximately a half-an-hour. When she returned and Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom, Jones entered, pulled Houston out of the tub and tried to administer CPR.

Whitney’s mother has arranged to have her body flown to Atlanta and as far as the Coroner’s Office is concerned they are fine with that because they see no evidence of foul play. If the police agree then her body will be cleared to go back East as her family wishes.

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  • Mandy

    I think you meant- “When she returned and Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom she entered, (she) pulled Houston out of the tub and tried to administer CPR.”

    • Starcasm Staff

      Thanks for the heads up – we edited the sentence to clarify. – ed.

  • Shoemommy

    If prescriptions drugs were the cause of Whitney’s passing, or the long-term use of illicit/rx drugs, alcohol, whatever the combo was that may have lead to cardiac aresst, I hope this tragic event opens the eyes of other celebrities that have struggled w/ sobriety. I have friends n family that are alcoholics. Yes they’ve relapsed. But when you give you’re sobriety 100% that means not being around that addiction period! And also being a positive influence for your loved ones. It’s a lifetime adjustment, you’re not cured in a day. But the addict has to want to change their life. God bless them