Whitney Houston rumors: How did she die?
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While the official details of Whitney Houston’s death Saturday remained unconfirmed pending an autopsy and toxicology tests, several reports were circulating Sunday suggesting she had died in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room.
The 48-year-old Houston, who had a history of substance abuse, was declared dead at 3:55 p.m. Saturday after EMTs already on the scene for a pre-Grammys event spent about 20 minutes trying to revive her using CPR.
‘The Bodyguard’ star had been seen behaving erratically in the days leading up to her death, Pop & Hiss reported in detail. Police said Saturday that members of her entourage discovered her unresponsive and called for help.
Sources ‘close to Whitney’ told TMZ late Saturday that members of the singer’s entourage who were in the room had gone to check on her because it was time to get ready for the Clive Davis Grammy party that night, and Houston had been alone in the bathroom for about an hour. Houston was allegedly found with her face underwater in the bathtub as if she’d slid into the water, according to the unconfirmed report, and was pulled out by a bodyguard who immediately performed CPR.
Prescription medications were also reportedly found in the room, with Radar Online saying Valium, Lorazepam and a sleeping medication were on hand, and the Daily Mail and TMZ adding Xanax to that list.
Beverly Hills police and officials from the coroner’s office would not confirm any details of the death beyond when it occurred, and that it happened in the hotel room, according to L.A. Now.
Though an autopsy is reported scheduled for Sunday, full results and an official cause of death likely won’t come for weeks, as is normal in this type of situation.
‘There were no obvious signs of criminal intent,’ Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told L.A. Now.
Houston will be remembered at Sunday’s Grammy Awards with a tribute performed by Jennifer Hudson.
— Christie D'Zurilla