Whitney Houston (48), one of the most admired and influential singers of her time, died on February 11th in a fourth-floor room (room number 434) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
A member of Houston’s entourage found her unresponsive Saturday afternoon in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and called the authorities. An unnamed source with knowledge of the case said that Houston was found in the bathtub.
Paramedics from the Beverly Hills Fire Department performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring the singer to be dead. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said she was at the hotel with a large entourage of family, friends and co-workers, to attend music industry mogul Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party on Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.
Coroners removed Whitney Houston’s body from the Beverly Hilton after midnight through a back door to avoid the media mob that was on the scene. Coroners later conducted an autopsy on Sunday, but no information was released and they did not determine the official cause of death. If drugs or alcohol were involved, an official cause of death would ultimately not be released until after toxicology tests are conducted, which could take six to eight weeks.
Police said there we no initial signs of foul play and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is continuing their investigation to determine the official cause of death.
Inside her hotel room, investigators found an ashtray on the bathroom counter that was filled with cigarette butts and a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper. In one of the bathroom drawers, an official found remnants of a white powdery substance and a portable mirror on a base. It’s probably clear to everyone what those white powdery substances will turn out to be, but we’ll wait for the toxicology reports. In addition, various prescription pill bottles were found in the living room and bedroom of the suite.
Additional details will be provided on the death investigation as they unfold.
Whitney Houston’s Troubled Past
Houston’s success as a singer and actress was accompanied by an increasingly troubled personal life. Whitney Houston struggled with both drug and alcohol problems for many years. In 1992, she married singer Bobby Brown and their marriage was continuously scarred by drug abuse and domestic violence. The last decade of her life was filled with drug use, relapses, and trips to rehab. According to her spokesperson, the singer/actress was in rehab as recently as May, 2011.
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