Drug binge killed Whitney
15 February 2012, 11:16
Los Angeles - Whitney Houston was reportedly killed by a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol.
The 48-year-old singer was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday and while it was initially thought she had drowned,
officials have now told her family she may have died before she became
fully submerged in the water following a drink and drugs binge.
It is believed only a small amount of water was found in her lungs, which medics claim was not enough for her to have drowned.
Investigators are also working on the theory she suffered a heart attack caused by an adverse reaction to her medication.
Los Angeles police - who obtained a search warrant for the fourth-floor
suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - are said to have found six
prescription pill bottles: Xanax, Lorazepam, Ibuprofen, Midol,
Amoxicillin and Valium.
detectives investigating her tragic death will question up to nine
doctors they believe could have supplied her with the lethal cocktail of
They want to know how the mother of one -
who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse - was able to get hold of
such a vast quantity of substances.
A source said:
"Investigators will speak to her doctors. Even though it appears to be
prescription pills that may have killed her as opposed to illegal street
drugs, the authorities need to be satisfied she had these drugs in her
"They need to determine that no one is criminally negligent. There could still be charges in this case."
A postmortem on Whitney's body was carried out on Sunday but officials
say they will not have any definite answers about the cause of death
until drug tests are completed, which could take weeks.
The I Will Always Love You hitmaker's funeral is set to take place on Friday in Newark, New Jersey.