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Whitney Houston’s Death Likely Caused by Prescription Drugs

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More new details are emerging in the tragic death of Whitney Houston. New reports say that the coroner’s office informed Houston’s family that a deadly combination of prescription drugs, not drowning, is what killed the legendary singer. While authorities are still awaiting results of a toxicology report (which can take four to six weeks), TMZ reports that it was the lethal cocktail of sedatives and alcohol that killed the ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer.

Since Houston’s body was found in her Beverly Hilton bathtub with her face underwater, it was initially believed that the singer drowned as a result of falling asleep from the sedative mixture. However, the coroner reports that not enough water was found in Houston’s lungs for her to have drowned. Xanax, Valium, Lorazepam and several sleeping medications were found in Houston’s hotel room at the time of her death, and Houston was seen partying the night before her passing. It is suspected she died from the “plethora of sedatives” and alcohol before her head became submerged in the water.

Houston’s mother, Cissy, is having her body flown to Atlanta as early as tomorrow.There is no foul play suspected, so the coroner reportedly had no problem releasing Houston’s body to her family.

The coroner’s results may provide some much needed closure to Houston’s family. Her daughter with ex Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina, was hospitalized twice at Cedars-Sinai for mixing prescription sedatives with alcohol in an eerie parallel to what may have killed her mother. “She tried to ease the pain of losing her mother by having a few alcoholic drinks,” a source said. “She was distraught, on the verge of a complete breakdown. Not knowing what to do, members of her mother’s entourage tried to calm her down with a sedative. The two were an unfortunate mix and she ended up passing out.”

Our thoughts are with Houston’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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