Whitney Houston Death Details Surface: Drowning, Prescription Drugs Suspected

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The morning after the tragic death of Whitney Houston, the cause of the singer’s sudden demise at age 48 remains a mystery. But sordid details about her last days and evidence in her Beverly Hills Hotel room are beginning to surface. An unresponsive Houston was found in her hotel bathtub, and police found prescription drugs in the room, sources told TMZ. The L.A. Coroner officials removed her body from the hotel at 1:50 a.m. PT and will conduct an autopsy today, ABC News reports.

Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, and her mother, Cissy Houston, both spoke to Whitney earlier on Saturday and discussed their plans for the Clive Davis party that night in the hotel. Davis, Houston’s longtime friend and mentor, spoke at the party, dedicating the evening to her. “I do have a heavy heart, and I am personally devastated by someone so close to me for so many years,” he said.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Houston appeared “erratic,” “disheveled” and “bloated” last Thursday, when she stopped by Brandy and Monica’s rehearsal for the Davis party. She skipped around the ballroom and some said she smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. Daughter Bobbi Kristina pulled her out of the room before interviews with Monica and Brandy began. Later that night, she attended Kelly Price’s party at Tru nightclub and sang a duet with the singer in what became her last public performance. While some said Houston seemed unwell, Price told MTV News, “I honestly don’t know what all the craziness is about. … We partied so hard, we all looked a mess when we walked out of the club. But that’s a good party. You sweat. You do that.”

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