While it hasn’t been confirmed to the public, Whitney Houston’s family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol, as reported by TMZ.
The family was informed there was not enough water in Whitney’s lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned and it is more likely she died before her head became submerged.
It was also clarified that it was Whitney’s aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Whitney’s body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney’s dress for the Clive Davis pre-grammy party before she stepped out for about a half hour. When she returned and Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.
Whitney’s mom has arranged to have the singer’s body flown back to Atlanta. The family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play and unless cops put a hold on the body, it can be flown back East.