The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2012, that an autopsy on pop icon Whitney Houston’s body has been completed, but official results have been placed on hold, pending toxicology tests, Fox News reports.
The story says Deputy Coroner Ed Winter "confirmed that Houston was found Saturday afternoon in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Prescription drugs had been found in the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room where Houston’s lifeless body was discovered Saturday afternoon just hours before a huge Grammy party she was to attend.
TMZ.com reported that "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."
Drowning was initially considered as a likely cause of death, but the TMZ report indicates that the family was informed by Coroner’s officials that the amount of water found in Houston’s lungs was not enough to support that conclusion. The report also cites sources saying Houston’s family was told the singer may have died before her head became submerged.
Earlier, says the Fox News report, TMZ reported, "Police discovered a half dozen bottles of medication in Houston’s room," adding that "family members said Houston had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, which is often used to treat anxiety."
The Fox News article continues, "When combined with alcohol, Xanax can cause drowsiness. Houston was reportedly found in her bathtub — TMZ says her head was underwater — and could not be revived by paramedics after being removed from the tub. No alcohol was found in the preliminary sweep of Houston’s room, TMZ reports, but there were multiple reports that Houston had been drinking with friends the night before at the hotel."