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Sunday 26 April 2015

Whitney Houston did not drown in bath, family told

The American singer and actress, who was one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, has died, aged 48.
The American singer and actress, who was one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, has died, aged 48.
File picture, dated February 17, 1999, American singer Whitney Houston makes a rare appearance for her fans at the HMV store in Oxford Circus, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 12, 2012. The American singer and actress, who was one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, has died, aged 48. See PA story SHOWBIZ Houston. Picture credit should read: Peter Jordan/PA Archive
File picture, dated September 09, 1999, Whitney Houston kicks off her first tour of the UK in six years, in Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 12, 2012. The American singer and actress, who was one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, has died, aged 48. See PA story SHOWBIZ Houston. Picture credit should read:John Giles/PA Archive
In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Whitney Houston performs during the Billboard Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, 1998. Often referred to as the Queen of Pop music at her best, Houston ex-wife of singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the age of 48. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)
FILE - In this March 25, 2001 file photo, Bobby Brown and his then wife Whitney Houston arrive at Vanity Fair's Oscar party at Morton's in Hollywood on Sunday, March 25, 2001. Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Fans take pictures with a plaque commemorating Whitney Houston's Record of the Year and Album of the Year for the 36th Grammy Awards, at LA Live in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Houston died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammys, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Donzaleigh Abernathy places a flower at a memorial outside the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday, Feb. 11. She was 48. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
LOS ANGELES - (FILE PHOTO): Singer Whitney Houston accepts the Winner of International - Favorite Artist Award onstage at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports on February 11, 2012, Houston has died at the age 48. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: LA Police attend the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the early hours of February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Singer and film star Whitney Houston aged 48 has died in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo/Toby Canham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: LA Coroners leave the Beverly Hilton Hotel possibly carrying the body of the singer Whitney Houston in the early hours of February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Singer and film star Whitney Houston aged 48 has died in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo/Toby Canham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: LA Coroners arrive and after time leave the Beverly Hilton Hotel possibly carrying the body of the singer Whitney Houston in the early hours of February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Singer and film star Whitney Houston aged 48 has died in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo/Toby Canham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: LA Coroners leave the Beverly Hilton Hotel possibly carrying the body of the singer Whitney Houston in the early hours of February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Singer and film star Whitney Houston aged 48 has died in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo/Toby Canham/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 12: Mourner Donna Thorn of Newark, New Jersey creates a memorial for singer Whitney Houston, at The New Hope Baptist Church on February 12, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Singer Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Host LL Cool J pays tribute to singer Whitney Houston onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Remembrances of singer Whitney Houston are seen around Harlem's Apollo Theatre on the streets of Manhattan on February 12, 2012 in New York City. Singer Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Remembrances of singer Whitney Houston are seen around Harlem's Apollo Theatre on the streets of Manhattan on February 12, 2012 in New York City. Singer Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Remembrances of singer Whitney Houston are seen around Harlem's Apollo Theatre on the streets of Manhattan on February 12, 2012 in New York City. Singer Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Whitney Houston is displayed on the screen during Jennifer Hudson's performance onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Jennifer Hudson performs during a memoriam for Whitney Houston onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
File picture, dated February 09, 2008, Whitney Houston arrives at the Carl Davis Pre-Grammy party at the Beverley Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
File picture, dated February 17, 1999, American singer Whitney Houston makes a rare appearance for her fans at the HMV store in Oxford Circus, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 12, 2012. The American singer and actress, who was one of the world's best-selling artists in the 1980s and 1990s, has died, aged 48. See PA story SHOWBIZ Houston. Picture credit should read: Peter Jordan/PA Archive
Whitney Houston's autopsy report is being kept under wraps
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's family have reportedly been told the singer died from "a combination of prescription drugs mixed with alcohol".

There has been speculation that the singing superstar drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. However, TMZ alleges that Whitney could have died "before her head became submerged".

"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... this according to family sources," reports TMZ.

"We're told Coroner's officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney's lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned."

The website also claims that Whitney's aunt Mary Jones was the one who found the 48-year-old in the bathtub. She is believed to have pulled Whitney out of the tub before she performed CPR on her.

Whitney's body will soon be released to her family. It has been claimed her mother could even have the star flown back to Atlanta on Tuesday.

The coroner has revealed there were no visible signs of trauma and that foul play is "not suspected at this time". He is believed to have told Whitney's loved ones that he has no problem releasing the body to them.

Officials are not ruling out any causes of death until they receive the results of toxicology tests. These tests can take anything from four to eight weeks to be completed.

Prescription drugs including Lorazepam, Valium and Xanax - used as sleeping aids, relaxants and to ease anxiety - were reportedly found in Whitney's hotel room. She is alleged to have been on a 48-hour drinking binge before her death.

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