The L.A. County Coroner’s office told Whitney Houston’s family that the singer did not drown on Saturday, but appears to have died from a mix of prescription drugs, including Xanax, and alcohol, according to TMZ. There was not enough water in Houston’s lungs for her to have drowned, and she may have passed away before her head was submerged. A source also told the site that it was Houston’s aunt, Mary Jones, who found her in the bathtub after leaving her alone for half an hour.
Because there is no evidence of foul play, the coroner can release Houston’s body to her family, and her mother, Cissy Houston, has arranged for it to be flown to Atlanta as early as tomorrow, TMZ reports.
The site is also reporting that Houston’s 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, had a similar bathtub scare the day before her mother died. A friend had to get security to open the door to her hotel room when she wouldn’t respond to knocking, and she was found asleep in the tub. Bobbi Kristina was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for undisclosed reasons and released later that night.
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